Quality Control


Coming from a place of transparency, I confess to you all that I am just stepping out of season of blind struggle. I had too much on my plate with no real path of direction. There were meaningless deadlines on my calendar to produce dead works of disaster. I found myself frustrated with my poor results and lukewarm receptions of what I felt drained me to produce. I mustered up fits of ‘why’ and came up with broken solutions that made things worse. I turned to the lowest of the low, which was a pity party and I screamed out to God asking why things were not working out in my favor. Then in turn, all this hard work for nothing was costing me time and effort, which was being taken away from my family. My passion for writing, and overall joy in spirit was turned into desolation. Then in study one day I was reminded: “For a good tree does not bear bad fruit, nor does a bad tree bear good fruit. For every tree is known by its own fruit. For men do not gather figs from thorns, nor do they gather grapes from a bramble bush”. Luke 6:43-44; Holy Bible NKJV.

I began to wonder, what kind of fruit was I really producing these days? We should all come to ask ourselves that question; what kind of fruit do we bear? What are were working towards, and what results are we producing? Let’s think of this not just in regards to ministry but in daily life, period. What about our families, marriages, kids, friends, employment, and even personal time away from everyone? Are we sowing seeds in those areas that have blossomed into beautiful fruit or has it sprung up rotten to bring in a spoiled harvest of headache? Or have we really been doing a lot of talking and not sown anything at all and sitting with a naked tree? That is another area that cost me a lot of precious time. I spent time planning, talking, and dreaming, but never putting the proper foundation in action to accomplish a goal.

Believe me, the personal realization of accepting ownership of my faults, has changed my work ethic and prayer life. I realize that there is much to be done and in a proper order to receive great fruit from a hard labor. I haven’t gotten to a place of definitive achievement yet by any means, but I want to and I will bear good fruit in every season I’m given. Those areas that have blossomed rotten fruit I give it to the Father and ask Him to prune it away. Those areas that are still small buds, I give them time to mature and not despise the days of their small beginnings. Ultimately I ask God what fruit He would have me to bear and all this fertilizer I see around me will be used to make something beautiful for His Kingdom. He makes beautiful things out of us and through us, if we allow Him to guide us. So I ask you, what’s up with your fruit these days? How will you be known? Let’s feel empowered and encouraged, to walk this life out together.

S.D. Johnson