Several years ago I was at a small orchard in Illinois, on the wall of their store they had written something along the lines of:
“It’s easy to count how many seeds are in an apple, but only God knows how many apples are in a seed*"
It was a nice thought and I left it there. But recently I heard something that again made me realize that fruit carries the seed for more fruit and that it is just as true spiritually as it is horticulturally (is that a word?).
The fruit of the spirit are love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness and self control. When we practice patience, more patience grows from it. When we exercise self control, the seeds of more self control are sown. Love produces love.
It’s not just a small brown kernel inside the apple – it is countless more apples. And it's not just one moment of peace, it's the potential for a lot more peace to grow from it.
* a quick google tells me that quote can be attributed to Robert Schuller