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None is Easier than Some

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I heard a mantra the other day that struck home and is so good that I’d like to share it with you. While this mantra was stated by someone on the Bright Line Eating (BLE®) Program while trying to lose weight (she lost 165 pounds, by the way), the mantra applies perfectly to any wellness journey we may be on (and no, I am NOT on the BLE program).

Whatever poisons we are trying to rid from our lives, whether it be sugar, social media, shopping, alcohol, salt, smoking, Diet Coke®, carbs, excess weight, gambling, coffee, or whatever bad habit/poison we would like to permanently break up with forever, this mantra is a perfect one to put on sticky notes throughout your house, office, classroom, vehicle, etc.

“None is easier than some.”

Such solid advice when it comes to our vices, our addictions, our bad habits. Think about it. When we have a little, we want more and more and more, right? So, “none is easier than some.” This Bright Liner included another thought which also really hit home for me.

When you are trying to break a bad habit, do you have that tiny little annoying voice in your head telling you “come on, it’s fine! Go ahead…have one bite, one sip, one look, one scroll through, one bet, one hit, one click, one ____” (you fill in the blank)?

Maybe you don’t, but I sure do. When I make a goal to change a bad habit, I struggle with that infuriating voice in my mind. Ticks me off! Well, the gal from BLE® added this thought to her mantra…

“I don’t negotiate with my inner terrorist.”

Wow…what a way to think about capturing the wicked thoughts running around in our head! We CAN take down our inner terrorist! We do not need to negotiate with our enemy. We are to take every thought captive to obey Christ (2 Corinthians 10:5).

When that terrorist torments us with “you will never be able to do this,” we need to scream “I can do ALL things through Christ!” (Philippians 4:13)

When it shouts at us “you are too weak to follow through with this,” we need to yell back “God has given me power and strength!” (Psalm 68:35).

And if that terrorist shames us with “you have no willpower so you might as well give up now,” we can loudly roar “God has given me a spirit of power, love, AND self-control!” (2 Timothy 1:7).

Together, let’s annihilate the terrorist in our minds.

Know, without a doubt, we CAN kick our bad habits to the curb. I’ve read it takes 21 days to form a new habit and 90 days to make it a new lifestyle. We’ve been given the power and the strength and the self-control to do this. Also, it sure helps A LOT to have an accountability partner or two or three (thanks Jamie and Jess and Elyse 🙌❤😊).

Have none because it is easier than some. That some will most likely lead to having more and more and more so just have NONE. And, never negotiate with your inner terrorist! Take it down! Take it out! Defeat it! Protect your mind!

We CAN do this. All things are possible with God! (Matthew 19:26).

Stay Calm & Be Strong!
Profs Dr. Wendy Dr. V.   

One Fruit…Nine Different Qualities

Apples…I love all kinds of them. From varieties such as Yellow Delicious to Honeycrisp to Jazz to Envy, there’s nothing quite as delicious as sinking your teeth into a high-quality apple. What traits make an apple high-quality anyway? If you check out Google, there are several ideas listed there.

Personally, I want my apple to be unspoiled, firm, fresh, ripe, crisp, juicy, sweet, acidic, and versatile. Apple with peanut butter, anyone? 🙋 Or, better yet…how about a slice of warm, right-out-of-the-oven apple pie? Delightful!

One fruit…nine different qualities.

Another vital fruit with nine essential qualities is the Fruit of the Spirit. The mention of this fruit and its first-rate qualities can be found in Paul’s letter to the churches in Galatia. In Chapter 5 of Galatians, the Apostle Paul shares with the churches about living a life in the Spirit. Specifically, in Galatians 5:22, Paul teaches the Galatia churches (and us) the important qualities of the Fruit of the Spirit.

“The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.”  -Galatians 5:22 (NIV).

The Passion Translation (TPT) interprets Galatians 5:22 like this, ”…the fruit produced by the Holy Spirit within you is divine love in all its varied expressions: joy that overflows, peace that subdues, patience that endures, kindness in action, a life full of virtue, faith that prevails, gentleness of heart, and strength of spirit.” Oooh, I love this translation!

Isn’t it interesting to notice both versions use the word fruit as singular. Just one. According to Lee (2014), it is important for us to understand that the Apostle Paul is not referring to nine different fruits. He is referring to one fruit with nine different qualities. Lee (2014) stated, “It’s the ‘fruit,’ not ‘fruits’ of the spirit. So it’s one fruit encompassing these nine qualities.” (Para. 4)

One fruit…nine different qualities.

Oh, how I want to BE all of these qualities every.single.day. Some days, though, I grow weary and lack energy. I begin to lose faith in my circumstances or the people around me. Some days it’s hard. Really, really hard to put on that happy face and BE the fruit of the Spirit. These are the days I need to lean on God. These are the days I turn back a few pages in my bible from Galatians to 2 Corinthians 12:9 (TPT) and hold on to this promise: “My grace is always more than enough for you, and my power finds its full expression through your weakness.”

I’ll always do the best I can to live a life according to the fruit of the Spirit. Won’t you join me? Just like that sweet, warm apple pie, living in the victory of the Holy Spirit will be delightful!  

Stay Calm & Find the Victory!
Profs Dr. Wendy & Dr. V. 

Lee, D. (2014). Fruit of the spirit includes nine godly qualities. The Spectrum. Retrieved May 4, 2021 from https://amp.thespectrum.com/amp/9319377