It might seem a little funny, but strawberries and friendship seem to be good partners.
Bright-red strawberries are among the prettiest fruits in the world. In a contest of favorite fruits, many would vote that the strawberry is the sweetest fruit in the whole world. Although they’re grown in many countries of the Northern Hemisphere, most people would probably agree that the best strawberries are the ones you pick yourself, straight off the plant.
Whether you grow your own strawberries or buy them at the market, fresh strawberries are yummy. Here’s an easy way to prepare them.
- Wash them under running water.
- Remove the stems and any bruised or overripe sections.
- Slice them (have an adult help you) into a bowl or use a chopper to cut them into small pieces to release the sweet juices.
- If they are already sweet, you don’t have to add sugar. If they need a little extra sweetness, add sugar a little at a time.
- You can serve strawberries in a salad, on a kebab stick with other fresh fruit, with cereal or toast, with pancakes and waffles, on ice cream, in a smoothie, or with cake.
Strawberry season (or any season of whatever your favorite fruit may be) is an ideal time to show friendliness to people your family doesn’t know very well. There might be a newly baptized member at your church who is trying to fit into a new church home. What about the neighbors who have recently moved to the area? They might welcome the opportunity to meet you.
It might seem a little funny, but strawberries and friendship seem to be good partners. Sharing something you love might pave the way to a wonderful friendship that Jesus would be proud of!
“This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you. Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one’s life for his friends” (John 15:12, 13).
Think About It
How can you use strawberries, or anything else you enjoy, to show hospitality to others?
Take a picture of you holding your favorite fruit and send it to us with your name and where you are from. Along with your photo, tell us how you will use this fruit to brighten up someone’s day. If we get enough photos, we’ll print them in an upcoming Growing Faith section. Be sure to get your parents’ permission and send them to KidsView@AdventistReview.org.