OUR neighbor had two tall, spreading apple trees. After their brilliant floral display in the spring, the fruit that formed was left to fall to the ground and rot. It seemed like such a waste. I asked our neighbor if she would mind if we picked some of the apples for ourselves. "Go ahead, she said wryly, "but you may not like the taste of them.
She was right. The apples we plucked from the branches were small and bitter. The reason? The branches were so dense and full that little sunlight reached the fruit. An attentive gardener would have pruned methodically to allow sunlight to mature and ripen the crop.
Sometimes our lives are like those trees--undisciplined and unfruitful. Maybe we've progressed haphazardly, without direction. Or maybe we've stopped being productive as a result of cramped and dense thinking.
The best way to bring renewal to our lives is to bring them under the care of Christ. In his Sermon on the Mount, found in the Bible in Matthew, Christ Jesus outlined a way of life that leads to more productive living. He taught the importance of unselfed love, purity, humility, and forgiveness. The essence of life, according to the Master, is found in loving God wholeheartedly and in living peaceably with our fellowman. "Every good tree, he pointed out, "bringeth forth good fruit.
The Science of Christ--Christian Science--shows us that it's possible and even natural for us to uphold the Christian values that bring spiritual light into our lives. This Science, discovered and founded by Mary Baker Eddy, explains that man is God's spiritual offspring, wholly good. It's God's purpose that we live abundant and productive lives.