Have you ever wondered if you are a Christian? Is there an easy way to find out? NINE! is an everyday look at the fundamental principles that encompass the nine virtues known as the Fruit of the Spirit. Each article will provide Scripture and inspiration to help you understand the topic and aid in examining your spiritual life.
Targeted Age Group:: Adult
What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
I began a study on the Fruit of the Spirit when I started my blog, A Tree Firmly Planted on WordPress. I used the nine Christian characteristics to solidify the purpose of my blog, while encouraging my readers to think differently about the each trait.
How Did You Come up With Your Characters?
From the chapter on Faithfulness:
Teri landed a dream job and relocated to another State. Within a month, she attended a church and decided to get to know the people in the congregation right away. When Teri received her first paycheck, she invited six people to her home for dinner at 6:00 p.m.
Teri planned the dinner, decorated her home, and even borrowed a table and chairs from her neighbor.
“Why are you doing all of that?” asked the neighbor.
“Well, these are my new church friends. I want everything to be special for them,” said Teri.
“Ah, don’t do it, they won’t show up,” said the neighbor.
“Oh no, they gave me their word.”
“Ha! People are people, whether they go to church or not; they won’t show.”
Teri ignored the woman and continued to prepare for her guests. When the clock chimed 6:00 p.m., she waited for her friends to arrive. Soon, the phone rang, and a guest stated she and her husband could not attend because “something unexpectedly came up.”
Another call came ten minutes later claiming illness. Teri cleared three dishes, still hopeful the other three would arrive soon.
Time passed, and she waited. Teri checked the roast and added more juice to the meat, which started to dry out. A half hour passed, and no one arrived. At 7:30 p.m., Teri sat alone sipping the soup she had prepared for her guests. At 8:00 p.m., she put away the food and cleared the dishes.
Teri knocked on her neighbor’s door to return the table and chairs.
“I’ve been expecting you,” said the neighbor.
Forgetting their previous conversation, Teri asked, “Why?”
“They didn’t show, did they?”
Teri shook her head.
“You know I used to go to that church, and I did the same thing you did tonight, with the same results. People don’t keep their word. I decided then and there that I would not let anyone make a fool of me again, and I never went back.”
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