"You can’t carry two watermelons with one hand." -  Proverb

"You can’t carry two watermelons with one hand." -  Proverb

"The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control." - Galatians 5:22

Try it out this summer if you like, but trust me, you can’t do it.  There is a reason these things become proverbs. They are true!

The best proverbs are comical. When you try to picture someone carrying two watermelons in one hand, it just makes you laugh. It’s so obviously impossible that it’s silly.

But when you are the one trying to do it, it seems quite sane. When you drop a watermelon, it’s the watermelon’s fault, not yours. Who made these faulty, slippery watermelons that don’t stay put, anyway?

Sometimes we can trick ourselves into doing impossible things. We load too much onto our plates. We carry too many things at once. And then one of them drops. Or they all do. Or we drop ourselves, in exhaustion. There is nothing more exhausting than trying to do something impossible.

In Galatians 5:22  we are told, "the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control." That’s a pretty tall order if we have to pull off all those thing for ourselves. Fortunately we don’t have to. They come to us like gifts, fruits from the tree of the Holy Spirit.

It reminds me of one of my favorite prayer songs:

Spirit of the living God, fall afresh on me.
Melt me, mold me, fill me, use me
Spirit of the living God, fall afresh on me.

In other words. put down those two watermelons you’ve been trying to carry, and let the Spirit do her work.

Prayer

Spirit of the living God, fall afresh on me.

16177.jpg About the Author
Lillian Daniel is the Senior Minister of First Congregational United Church of Christ, Dubuque, Iowa, and the author of When "Spiritual But Not Religious" is Not Enough.

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