Do you remember as a kid walking into your grandmothers or perhaps some persons home and seeing this amazing, shiny fruit sitting in a bowl on the table? Just seeming to call your name saying, “EAT ME”. My grandmother always had a bowl of fruit sitting on her kitchen table. It was so beautiful! I always noticed as a kid it just seemed perfect all the time. “She buys such perfect fruit, they look fresh every day?“, I thought to myself. Until one day I couldn’t take it any more! I went over to the table and jumped up on the seat and grabbed an apple. It was so red and so perfect, I just had to bite it. But, as soon as I touched it, I noticed it wasn’t as dense as I had remembered an apple being. But hey, who knows, this might just be a different kind. Either way, I was going to eat this beautiful apple.

Then, I decided to take a bite, and before I knew it, I realized that my attempts to take a bite got me nothing but a few red paint shavings in my mouth. In shock, I stood and held the apple out to see what in the world was going on. This beautiful, shiny, juicing looking apple, was nothing more than a piece of styrofoam, covered in red paint. I was shocked, confused, and as I sat there, I can remember my family laughing because of the look on my face. Finally, someone yelled out, “It’s not real!“, which of course I discovered and knew by this point. Sitting disappointed, and also really trying to get this thought out of my head of what I thought I would taste as I bit into this thing. Truly disappointing moment! They laughed but didn’t seem to understand how it felt at that moment. I as so upset, and it didn’t make sense in my childish mind, why someone would do such a thing. Fill a bowl with fake fruit! That was mean and tricky I felt in my little heart. I put it back in the bowl and walked away.

Apparently, this was not as odd or strange to everyone. It was considered decoration and in many homes all across the world, these same things were happening to an unsuspecting little kid, who simply wanted a nice juicy piece of fruit. Till this day, I have never understood the idea of Fake Fruit on display. I mean, I guess for a scene in a magazine, that makes sense. Perhaps for a store prop, when folks are walking through design showrooms, to give an idea of what a table, kitchen or room decor could look like. But to just have fake fruit laying around in your house…that’s kind of out there for me.

I’ve never forgotten that experience, and now that I am older, I can spot a piece of fake fruit a mile away. I also learned that my first instinct when picking it up and feeling the odd weight difference was, in fact, my senses telling me that something about this wasn’t right, but I wanted that apple so bad, I decided to ignore that and take a bite anyway.

That piece of fake fruit awakened me to something I had never experienced before. Something fake, made to look real, causing appeal and desire. Until I reached out that day as a kid and touched it, I never knew that such a thing existed. But, since that time, I have always been awake to the possibility that just because I see something, doesn’t mean that it is what it seems. And even more, if I sense that something is off or not right, don’t ignore those signs. Underneath there could be something unappealing and deceitful.

Remember this lesson as you walk through life. Most fruits, real fruits, have some flaws and have a kind of substance/weight to them. Don’t be swayed by those that may look shiny and perfect. They tend to not have any real taste or flavor. Many good fruits can show up in some of the strangest forms, and unappealing skins. It may even be bruised and discolored. Don’t be swayed by the beauty of things, or the outward appearance. And just because it looks good, sounds good, and may even carry a decent smell, doesn’t mean it is actually good. Examine your FRUIT, cut it open, before you take a bite of it. Take time to discover if in fact what you see, is in fact what you think you see, or is it just another Faux Fruit. It may be disappointing to find out the truth, but it sure does save you wasting your taste buds on something that really just ends up being paint and styrofoam, that your system isn’t meant to digest in the first place.

Matthew 7:15-20, “Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves. Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles.  Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit. A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit. Every tree that bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire. Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them.”

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