We Don’t Eat Tomatoes!


Okay, I know I’m wearing thin on the whole “tomato topic”.  But truth is the little red orbs have been prolific around these parts. Since I’ll be busy canning the last batch of the season today I think I’ll share a post from my old blog.  As I slice, dice and stew I’m reminded of the lesson I learned from tomatoes years ago. It went something like this…

There is strength in numbers. This is a principle I learned long ago.

The enemy? Tomatoes. My comrade? My younger sister.

I remember we were slightly taller than my Uncle’s dining room table. My sis and I stood side by side as he boisterously touted the deliciousness of the tomatoes recently picked from his garden.

My sister and I had a much different vision. It had more to do with gagging on a slimy textured food item that no one really knows if it’s a vegetable or fruit! Yeah…we were scared.

That’s when it hit us. Our eyes locked. Somehow we telepathically communicated, “If we stay in this thing together we’ll be far more likely to succeed!” So we shifted our bodies closer, pulled in our ranks and announced simultaneously  “We don’t eat tomatoes.”

Much to our surprise (and relief) it worked! Uncle James gave us a hall pass!

These days my nemesis usually isn’t a tomato. It’s far more likely to be a meeting I’m nervous about…a teen I need to talk to…a business matter I have no experience in…the list could go on.

I am so grateful for Jesus. He is closer than a brother (or might I add, sister). He’s just a whisper away when I need someone to stand next to me and give me the strength and courage to forge ahead.

Thank you Jesus!

“Even a man who has many companions can be destroyed. But there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother.” Proverbs 18:24 NIV

 “For whoever does the will of my Father in heaven is my brother, and sister and mother.” Matthew 12:50 ESV

Your DoAhead Friend,


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