“The real problem is how much time we waste thinking about what we have to do, not the thing that needs doing. Work on reframing your view of the things that trouble you. Instead of thinking about how much you don’t want to do something, think about how great it will feel to have it done. ” – Sandi Krakowski
What has you so stressed? Do we need to go back to our first assignment? Sometimes the stuff that has us stressed is just that, stuff. It doesn’t always allow us to be our true selves or the person we really want to be, some other person shows up and we find ourselves getting frazzled. Often we get tangled up in the chaos of what’s stressing us because of our perspective. We sometimes see it bigger than it is. And I can’t lie it does make you want to go bananas 😉 So what better way to talk about dealing with these stressors than to introduce the least likely solution. YUP. A banana.
In Naked Fruit: Getting Honest about the Fruit of the Spirit Author Elisa Morgan links the banana to the fruit of the spirit gentleness. “The banana is a sensitive fruit. Its skin provides incomplete protection. Often ist skin is bruised, so is the fruit within.” She describes gentleness as harnessed power, a bent will. Even in a lifetime of growing the fruit of gentleness, it will always mean being yielded to God’s desires and letting go of our own.
Gentleness is a tricky fruit to grow because it requires such surrender, and surrender makes us vulnerable. Gentleness yields. Gentleness pauses. Gentleness looks both ways. Gentleness waits for directions before proceeding. With kids. With work. With friendships. With a mate. With parents. And with what we do to become who we want to be.
This book Naked Fruit has been one of my favorites over the years in terms of knowing how healthy my spirit, soul and body are. It’s a fun, honest look at what we’re eating, the seeds we’re planting, and what we’re serving (offering) others.
Fruit for thought:
- Like a banana that easily bruises, we do become more vulnerable as the fruit of gentleness grows in our lives. What precautions do we need to take as we allow God to grow this fruit? Is there such a thing as being too gentle, too yielded, or yielded to the wrong thing? (Comment below)
Let’s have some fun with this…
If you were a fruit which of these would you be and why? (Comment below)
Be sure to come back in a few days when I’ll discuss the Spiritual fruits connected to these…
Ok, ready to destress? Go grab a banana. No seriously, some of the best benefits of bananas include reducing blood pressure and boosting your mood. Today, let’s detox with this sweet treat.
- Bananas are a good source of potassium, an essential mineral for maintaining normal blood pressure and heart function.
- Bananas are a fascinating fruit in terms of their carbohydrate and sugar content. Even though bananas are a fruit that tastes quite sweet when ripe—containing 14-15 grams of total sugar—bananas receive a rating of low in their glycemic index (GI) value. GI measures the impact of a food on our blood sugar. This low GI value for bananas is most likely related to two of their carbohydrate-related qualities.
- Bananas help maintain the balance of “friendly” bacteria (for example, Bifidobacteria) in our lower intestine, and as a consequence, it also supports our overall digestive health.
- Preserving memory and boosting mood: Bananas also contain tryptophan, an amino acid that studies suggest plays a role in preserving memory and boosting your mood.
- The vitamin B6 (pyridoxine) in bananas provides around 28% of what is needed daily to help prevent anemia and coronary artery disease.
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner or snack, let’s eat more bananas!
Like apple sauce, ripe mashed bananas can be used in baked goods to replace oil or butter. Mashed bananas lend a moist, naturally sweet flavor to muffins, cookies and cakes.
Peel and freeze bananas for a great addition to any smoothie.
Add sliced banana to your morning cereal or oatmeal, or take a banana with you on your way to work or school for a healthy, portable snack.