When I read this story, I noticed that it was short and sweet. But it also contained a powerful message that could benefit us all. Here is the story as told by Fred Bauer:

When Fred was a kid growing up in Ohio, he made extra money picking strawberries for a man who had a small farm on the edge of town. He sold his produce from a little roadside stand. Because he was paid by the quart, Fred figured the faster he picked, the more he would make. But the farmer informed him that there was another requirement. “Don’t just fill your boxes to the edge. Fill them till they run over and won’t hold anymore,” he said. “I’ve always operated on the principle that if I charge a fair price and give my customers a little extra, they’ll come back again.” And they did.

Fred said that what he learned was that we reap what we sow … in every facet of our lives. Give the minimum, expect to receive the minimum. Give lavishly, extravagantly, and be rewarded in kind. But this does not need to be our only motivation. The Word of God that says you can’t out-give the Lord is changeless. Jesus confirmed it when He preached, “Give and it will be given to you; good measure, pressed down, shaken together, running over, will be put into your lap. For the measure you give will be the measure you get back.1 It not only applies to strawberries, but to the Fruit of the Spirit, as well.

Fred then goes on to ask, “What are the Fruit of the Spirit?” The Apostle Paul listed them as follows: “Loving service, unselfish devotion, courageous loyalty, sincere fairness, enlightened honesty, undying hope, confiding trust, merciful ministry, unfailing goodness, forgiving tolerance, and enduring peace.” So just think of yourself filling your quart basket every morning with fruit that you plan to share with those around you, this should tell you that you have plenty of fruit to choose from in the Spirit’s garden. But just don’t fill your quart basket to the edge, fill it to overflowing and see the surprised but joyful look on those who receive this blessing from you. – Dr. Robert R Seyda

1 Luke 6:38

About drbob76

Retired missionary, pastor, seminary professor, Board Certified Chaplain and American Cancer Society Hope Lodge Director.
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