Saturday, November 21, 2009
A BAD TREE
Luke 6:43-45 No good tree bears bad fruit, nor does a bad tree bear good fruit. Each tree is recognized by its own fruit. People do not pick figs from thorn bushes, or grapes from briers. The good man brings good things out of the good stored up in his heart, and the evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in his heart. For out of the overflow of his heart his mouth speaks. At dinner last night Bev shared with me some of the concerns she has while driving her school bus. A job I am sure I would never be qualified for. She shared she feels several of the parents of her kids are not teaching them to be responsible for their own actions. My husband and I teach the teen Sunday school class at our Church. One of the complaints I hear consistently from them is "life isn't fair." One young man dropped out of high school, and he says "the counselor failed him." Each of us is "recognized by our own fruit." In other words we have to take responsibility for what we say, what we do, how we act. And most importantly we need to assume the responsibility for our own actions. When we make bad choices, it's just that---we made a bad choice. Pray for forgiveness, ask the Lord for guidance, get down on your knees and thank the Lord for the Blessings in your life. When speaking, be careful that the overflow to your mouth comes from a kind and loving heart.