Jesus said you will know a person’s nature, their character, by their fruit.
With so much of our lives online, it can be easy to see only the good and to only want to show the good. It makes it hard to know the authentic person. It can also make it hard to be our authentic self. But we are reminded to look at someone’s life, at our own life. A person reveals themselves not by what they say, but who they are.
Each tree is recognized by its own fruit. People do not pick figs from thornbushes, or grapes from briers. Luke 6:44
HE knows the truth. HE knows the person we are in the public and the person we are in private. HE knows the authentic person behind words and any false images. HE knows what is in our heart.
I love this verse for the great reminder to be aware and examine myself first. To think about the fruit I am bearing. I want to focus on bearing good fruit!
Thus, by their fruit you will recognize them. Matthew 7:20
So this is a little project that can be that reminder.
Start with a plastic fruit (or in this case tomato) container/basket.
Clean out your container. Make sure it is dry and ready to paint.
I used white paint, but you could use any color. Paint the inside of the bottom and the inside of the lid. Painting the inside gives this a wonderful finished look through the plastic… almost like porcelain or something!
After the first coat you will be thinking that it looks terrible. Don’t worry. Wait for it to dry and give it another coat or two. You just want the paint to look solid through the plastic.
While this is drying, get an old container, blue paint and some small, blueberry looking, rocks. You can substitute blue marbles or blue glass beads for the painted rocks. You could also use red if you want your fruit to be cherries or raspberries.
Mix a little bit of water with the paint in the container and throw in your rocks. I did this in a few groups. Just shake them around. They coat very easily.
Take the rocks out of the paint with a plastic fork or spoon and lay on parchment paper or waxed paper. Roll them around as they dry so they dry on all sides.
This is a PDF file. Simply click on the image and you will have the option to download or save the file.
After you print your ‘By Their Fruit’ label, cut it out. I used double sided tape to attach it to the lid.
Next, fill the basket with your ‘berries’.
I used a few of the ‘berries’ to sit beside my basket in my kitchen.
This simple little fruit basket helps me to focus on the fruit I am bearing.
Do you like to have reminders like these around your home? What ways have you found to bring them in?
By Jennifer, StudioJRU