Kiwis and Carrots

This is a blog post from a young woman in my student ministry. Great stuff!

To see more about Megan, check out her site at www.shineonministries.com

My mother hates vegetables and fruit. It’s true. At the mere sound of broccoli, cauliflower, or lettuce, she tends to scrunch her face in a disgusted way. All she eats is corn and potatos; and those are actually starches! She even dislikes watermelon, cantelope, and grapes! Let’s just say my mom is a very, picky eater. She says “it’s because everything looks gross”. I will admit some items look tasteless like cauliflower. Textures and outer shells can sometimes lead people to assume the fate of their taste buds. Take for instance a kiwi. On the outside it looks like a coconut shell, brown, hard, and kind of hairy. But, on the inside is something joyously, sweet, decadent, and green. No one would ever know what was on the inside of a Kiwi unless somebody or something cracked it open, displaying its innermost parts.

Sometimes I believe we as Christians are like Kiwis. We have Jesus joyously dwelling inside of us, taking residence in our heart. We have an inexpressible and unsurpassable sense of peace, knowledge of love, and forgiveness of sins, all welling up inside of us! However, many times our outer lives and bodies show a very contradictory attitude of that inner reflection. We become callused by the world’s woes, hurt by heartache, and worn down by everyday, mundane routines. I know at school, I look like a walking zombie in the hallways during passing periods! I am always thinking about my next class, lunch, or my activities after school. No matter if I am having a bad day or not, I seem to always have something on my mind and a distracted look on my face. Recently, God convicted me by showing me that something as simple as a smile could help radiate His love. He also showed me that He wants me to resemble a carrot.

By that I mean, God wants us as his daughters to let the same joy we have in our inner core to reflect no matter what we do. A carrot is still orange whether it is cut, sliced, peeled, or even blended into a shake. A carrot looks like a carrot whether it is in tact or put together. I urge you to start displaying outwardly the joy that God has placed within your soul inwardly! Our outward emotion, expression, and attitude should always display the blessings God has given through redemption of sins. We should want others to see the joy, love, and hope we have, even if we are having a bad hair day. If you don’t feel that joy inside you, ask God to provide an overwhelming and abundant sense of joy. Our hearts should always be of gratitude; sometimes it’s just a matter of letting that joy permeate through us.

I encourage you to shine for him tomorrow by smiling at someone in the hallway. Remember to be a carrot by never letting walls of life’s woes or troubles stop you from letting His love radiate!

In Him,
Megan

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