Tuesday, September 4, 2018

You are NOT Forgotten!

As many of you know, my family is in the process of moving to Utah. My husband was offered a job in the Northwest area of the country, and the Salt Lake City area is central to his territory, so it makes sense for us to move there. We are excited, but also very sad to leave this area!

Part of our "letting go" of our home and the beautiful area surrounding us is a checklist of things we want to do before we move on September 21. This weekend, we checked off one of the things at the top of the list - visiting Sky Top Orchard in Flat Rock, NC!

I've definitely noticed that over the years, the popularity of this place has exploded! And with good reason. The place is absolutely gorgeous, has yummy home-made apple donuts that are warm when you get them (they melt in your mouth), they have fresh apples of all kinds, the best home grown tomatoes around, hayrides, and views that take your breath away!

As we walked through the miles of orchard, I noticed there were apples lying on the ground, and they were beginning to smell rotten. The soft-hearted side of me said out loud how sad it is that they are just lying there, rotting and forgotten. Nobody would pick an apple on the ground, especially one that smelled like decay and death.

My daughter kindly said, "Don't worry Mom, these apples are useful, too! They will go back into the soil and make it richer and better for the future apples to grow." Okay, first of all can we just talk about how sweet and smart my daughter is? She could have laughed at me and said I was crazy for worrying about those useless apples...but she knew what I was thinking.

I was thinking about how some of us feel like those apples on the ground. We feel useless, forgotten, stepped on and rotten. We forget that if we have breath, God is using us! Yes, some apples are used for pies, applesauce, apple butter, donuts (yeah!), cider, wine, and other useful purposes. But those apples wouldn't be as sweet without the ones who stick around to enrich the soil. Those rotten apples are leaving the world in a better condition than when they first bloomed into it!

It's the same with us. Friend, if you feel useless or forgotten, please know that God has purpose for you today! You are breathing so I know beyond a shadow of a doubt that you have purpose in this world. Purpose to enrich the lives of those around you. Purpose to love. Purpose to make an impact and leave this world a better place than when God brought you here! Don't allow the negative thoughts from the evil one make you feel useless. Remember, you are the "apple" of God's eye! ;) Spend some time asking God for direction and wisdom to know how you can make a difference in someone's life today.

And then, go eat one of those donuts at Sky Top. You will thank me later! ;)

The thief’s purpose is to steal and kill and destroy. 
My purpose is to give them a rich and satisfying life.
John 10:10


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