There’s a lot to say about the word good.
Food, people, deeds, music, movies, books, locations… We like to think about how the good outweighs the bad. Does it anymore? I would like to think so, but with the media droning on and on about killings, thievery, assault and poverty, we remain looking for the good in the middle of the bad.
But, is this anything new?
Ecclesiastes 1: 9 What has been will be again, what has been done will be done again; there is nothing new under the sun.
Solomon knew this nearly 3000 years ago, yet we still act like it’s something new for us. Maybe the way people kill, persecute, steal or hurt is different, but it happens just the same.
The Fruit of the Spirit is… Goodness…
…a character trait that often seems to be lacking, but is very important.
If you think about your future mate or one for your child, what is a trait that you look for? Do we go straight to their wealth, education or family ties? Probably not. We go straight to the character traits of a Godly person. The very first one that we probably think of is goodness. Is he or she good? Good to me? Good to their parents? Good to their communities? Goodness.
There is only One who is truly good. To strive to attain this Godly character, we may please Him.
You are good and do good: Teach me Your statutes.
We are also encouraged to hold on to what is good.
Romans 12: 9 Let love be genuine. Abhor what is evil; hold fast to what is good.
A trait that we will never fully attained 100% until that Day of Glory is the one we need to search out in others when it comes to relationships.
2 Peter 1: 3
His divine power has given us everything we need for a godly life through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness.
Another thing we think about is food when it comes to goodness. Yes, food, it’s good! But, other than sweet or savory, do we think deeper about the “goodness” of what we ingest? It may be good to taste but is it good for our bodies?
I would like to think that most things that are naturally made are good for our bodies. It’s when we get into genetically made foods that we question the nourishment value. Without going off on that debate, if it comes from the earth without being injected or from the lab first, it’s good.
Do you know one particular naturally made fruit that I do not like? Blueberries.
Blue… one of my favorite colors but not one of my favorite tastes. I have never really liked them. I think it’s more texture than taste, but for me, you can’t have one without the other. I like the smell and a blueberry muffin is sometimes good. You will never see me willfully stick a handful of these little berries into my mouth.
Blueberries are the second most popular fruit with strawberries as the reining champ. They have one of the highest antioxidant values among all fruits, vegetables, spices and seasonings. They are a superfruit. Goodness to your body.
So, I made a blueberry smoothie at the request of my middle daughter. When she requests anything involving a fruit or vegetable, I make it! She’s my picky girl who loves her breads. When she requests something else, I am on top of that almost instantly.
Her and my youngest daughter downed this smoothie so quickly that I felt that I was missing out on something. I drank the few sips left at the bottom of the blender. Once I made it past the little bit of texture from those little berries, it tasted pretty good. I am thrilled that someone is making use of the blueberries everyone insisted on me buying at the grocery store.
So, I will treat you to my blueberry smoothie recipe and hope that if you don’t like these guys like I don’t, that you still give it a try knowing of the nourishment value that they hold.
Blueberry Goodness Smoothie:
1 cup Almond Milk
Ice cups to bring it up to 2 cups
1/2 cup blueberries
Handful of strawberries
2 Tbsp sugar
Enjoy the goodness…