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This post is written for Five Minute Friday. The word for today is “Middle.”

            I’ve never been one to keep my opinion to myself. (To friends and family-stop laughing) The truth is, when God puts something on my heart, I don’t hesitate to share it. Holy Spirit takes away my concern about what other people think when God gives me a message to share. Having said that, I’ll write what immediately came to mind when I saw the word, “middle.”

            It is well beyond time that Christians, myself included, give up the middle of the road Christianity. Oh sure, we know what God’s Word says, but do we live it? When did we slowly start veering toward the middle of the road?

            Let’s use the fruit of the Spirit example from Galatians 5:22-23 “But the fruit of the Spirit is Love, Joy, Peace, Patience, Kindness, Goodness, Faithfulness, Gentleness and Self-control. Against such things there is no law.” Personally, I tend to joke that self-control is the fruit of the Spirit at the top of the tree of life and I’m too short to reach it. (I admit that’s an excuse rather than a joke.)

            We know the fruit of the Spirit from reading scripture and hearing it in sermons. However, I fail to show the fruit consistently. Why do I, and many Christians, call themselves Christian, but not live by the fruit of the Spirit? Why do some Christian leaders overlook the missing fruit of the Spirit in people they may support or endorse?

            Maybe it’s time to turn the car around. I suspect when I do, I will not be driving down the middle of the road as much. It’s also time to stop writing because my five minutes are up. That is probably a good thing since I just drove my car dangerously close to the edge of the road.

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