We finished planting our fruit trees yesterday. We planted one each of a pear tree, cherry tree, peach tree, fuji red apple tree, and a golden delicious apple tree. We are still looking for a green apple sapling.We planted the burning bush as well but decided to plant it by the well in the front yard. I heard it is a "deer-magnet" of sorts, so if the deer show up for dinner, I want to enjoy their company from the deck :) The fruit trees we planted across the lawn, to provide shade from the evening sun, as well as fruit in years to come.
Galatians 5:22-23 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, Meekness, self-control: against such there is no law. KJ2000 (The King James uses the word temperance for self-control.)
In the 33 years I've lived a Christian life, I have invested a lot in my Spiritual growth. For example, I couldn't begin to count the verses and chapters of the Bible I've memorized, nor the number of times I've read the Bible through. But, I could read the Bible all day long, and it wouldn't change a thing about my character unless something takes root inside me. Sadly, this is where humans are different from fruit trees. We know what fruit a Believer is supposed to have, and we can bear "faux fruit," or fruit that is fake. This would be like using a nail gun to nail peaches on a pine tree. There's no point in that. Fruit trees must be grafted to form a new kind of fruit. Pine trees are pine trees. When you want a juicy peach, you've got to find a peach tree.