When the kids were little, we loved to vacation in the Okanagan Valley. We would go there mostly for the sun and the beach, but also for the fruit!
We loved the fruit. We would cut up fresh peaches to eat on Rice Krispies or Corn Flakes in the mornings then we’d snack on cherries, apricots and plums all day long. The picnic table next to our tent always had a 10-pound box of fruit sitting on it and we just kept eating until we ran out. Then we’d go out and pick some more.
Cherry picking was one thing that we always did during our yearly vacations. Our kids caught on quickly to the fact that, although the buckets we picked into were weighed before we started and after we filled them, nobody weighed the kids before we entered the orchard. So, they ate as much as they wanted while we were picking. It was a great way to spend a morning. It also didn’t take long for the kids to learn how to recognize the good cherries and which ones to leave behind.
Just like picking only the best cherries from the trees, as Christians, we should always be “picky” about what we choose to see, hear, take part in and consume from the world around us. Not everything is worth “putting into our pail” and keeping in our lives. We should only agree to take part in things that will benefit and edify us.
Something to think about...
Pastor Walter and Marilyn