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The Banana Principle

bananas.jpgI had a dream last night. It was a vivid dream, and it had absolutely nothing to do with bananas. In it was a short stretch of road, which I traveled many times during the course of the night. The first time I traveled this road, there was a single banana lying in the middle of the road. “Strange,” I thought, but other than to notice it, this simple piece of fruit had no meaning, and I continued on my way.

But each time I traveled that road, the banana multiplied. Pretty soon, it had transformed into a literal mountain of bananas that I had to climb over to get to where I was going. It was completely exaggerated in my sight, and had become a significant hindrance.

Now, this still had nothing to do with my dream, but it follows a pattern that is not only common in my dreams, but which comes up time and time again in my life and in the lives of the people whom God has brought to me for ministry. Something that starts off so innocent and trivial, over time, begins to become a mountain. A lie becomes a belief; a curiosity becomes a habit, which becomes an addiction; that thing your spouse does that was so cute when you were dating, now makes you want to rip your hair out and run for the hills.

Solomon’s Song of Songs warns us, specifically with regard to relationships (with God, with our spouse, with our neighbors, with ourselves), “Catch for us the foxes, the little foxes that ruin the vineyards, our vineyards that are in bloom.” (2:15) These are the bananas in the road, the small, insignificant, sometimes cute, sometimes innocent little things in our way that can cause a whole lot of trouble down the road, unless we deal with them.

And that’s the problem. They’re not threatening at first, so we let that little thing slide, so we don’t cause any trouble. We believe the little white lies we tell, because it’s easier than confronting the truth. We start avoiding the ones we love, because we don’t want to discover the root of why they so easily trigger our anger.

A single fox can do a whole lot of damage to a vine, by gnawing away at its roots until the whole plant dies from the inside out. In the same way, these little things – these little beliefs, these little annoyances, these little obstacles, these innocent addictions – can set our whole lives askew as they eat us up from the core of our being.

All of us, in one way or another, have been affected by these foxes. They form our beliefs about who God is, who we are, and how we relate to others. And they keep us from healthy relationships, fruitful ministry, joy-centered emotions, fulfilled purpose, and the freedom and abundant life Christ came to give us. They are almost all based in lies that we have believed along the way that we need to take to God in repentance, receive His healing for, and replace with His truth.

We cannot ignore the foxes (or the bananas) in our lives any longer. We have to trap them before they become mountains in our lives. And for the ones that are already mountains (the ones leading to divorce, health problems, addictions, withdrawal and depression, and other things), we need to activate our faith, get help, if necessary, and tell those mountains to crumble.

What are the foxes in your life – the bananas in the road? If you are struggling to see them right now, ask someone close to you – I’m sure they’d be glad to point some of them out to you! And if you need help, may I recommend a good book to you? The Journey to Freedom is one of the best tools I know of to help you deal with these obstacles in your life and move on toward your freedom and abundance in Christ. I know, I know, I wrote it, but it’s been confirmed by countless people already that there’s nothing else like it to guide you completely through this process. Check it out – I know it will change your life forever.
Posted: 4/19/2013 8:45:57 PM by Matthew Bauer | with 0 comments
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