What An Orange Taught Me. - Ugochi Oritsejolomisan
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What An Orange Taught Me.

What An Orange Taught Me.

The Orange Story.
I had a couple of oranges in the sink, about to wash them since they just came from the market. There was a particularly pretty one, well ripened without spot or speckle. I thought to myself that I was going to make me some orange juice beginning with that one.

What An Orange Taught MeI took out my citrus juicer, plugged it in and got the knife to start cutting up the oranges, if you thought I started with the pretty one, your thoughts are correct. But the sad story is that when I cut it open, a very unpleasant smell oozed out of it, and I was saddened by the fact that it wasn’t beautiful enough to eat, the skin was beautiful, but that was it, it was no good for its purpose; eating. So I had to throw it away!

And I learnt something very true that day; true beauty isn't only skin deep. Click To Tweet

Just like that orange, so many people get thrown away: out of jobs, relationships, schools, favours, and so on because they stink on the inside, not a foul smell from the body, but from the heart. When they are opened up, they smell like rot even though they look might look beautiful on the outside.

How can something that looks so pretty on the outside be so bad and sour on the inside? How can someone who looks so beautiful and charming turn out to be despicable when “cut open”?

It’s The Attitude.
A person’s attitude tells if he/she is beautiful on the inside. And attitude either attracts or repels. I have seen people who are not strikingly beautiful or enormously talented picked over others who are very good looking and talented; their attitude is the reason.

Good looks might attract someone to you but only a good attitude will keep that someone attracted to you.  No matter how hard they try, people will not be able to put up with someone who has a wrong attitude for too long.

Have you ever seen someone who cannot keep good relationships, doesn’t have genuine friends, and can’t hold a job…? Many times the reason is a rotten attitude.

Some people don’t know how to talk to others, they look down on everyone, they know everything, and they just can’t get over themselves. Some others think like the victim always, they believe they are good for nothing and cannot amount to anything so they go about trying to make everyone else “feel” their “pain”.

While some others are so very suspicious of everything and everyone, maybe because of past incidents, they have a settled belief about people and things, and this is affecting their attitude in very bad ways.

The Effects Of A Bad Attitude On A Person.
A person’s attitude is a result of the way he/she thinks and feels, this in turn affects their behaviour. Some of these behaviours are:

  • Anger
  • Disrespect-whether to an older or younger person
  • Pride
  • Suspicion
  • Deceit
  • Lying… and many more

Anyone who displays one or more of these behaviours will not be able to have meaningful relationships because they will keep causing pain.

In order to change these behaviours you must replace them with positive behaviours: Calm, respect, humility, trust, integrity…and to replace these behaviours, you must change your attitude, to change your attitude you must change your thinking, to change your thinking I strongly recommend that you follow the guidelines prescribed by the Bible.

…Whatsoever things are true,
Whatsoever things are honest,
Whatsoever things are just,
Whatsoever things are pure,
Whatsoever things are lovely,
Whatsoever things are of good report;
If there be any virtue,and
If there be any praise,
think on these things.
 Philippians 4:8

The Effects Of Right Thinking.
What are you thinking right now, especially about someone? It will affect your relationship with that person.  If it is true but not just, or just but not honest, true, just, honest but not pure, lovely but not of a good report… you get what I mean, then you shouldn’t think on it.

That way you will begin to re-orientate your mind and consequently your behaviour and attitude will take a turn for good.

I want to make sure I do my best to get along with people, not please them but get along with them and leave a lasting positive impression, I want to look finer on my inside than I do outside.

I want my beauty to come from inside and I am not going to stop working on my attitude till I get it right. Click To Tweet

Don’t be like that orange, let your looks match your heart, you CAN develop a great attitude!

Copyright© Teshuva 2014

(Updated from 2012)

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Ugochi Oritsejolomisan

Ugochi Oritsejolomisan is a mentor, encourager and influencer. She writes to inspire you to live a full life. Ugochi lives in Canada with her husband Benson and their children; Joshua, Joseph and Josiah.

  • Kelly Blackwell
    Posted at 01:26h, 22 September

    Such a good post for me to read today. In all things I want to reflect God’s love and be useful in all areas. Thanks Ugochi. 🙂

    • Ugochi Jolomi
      Posted at 13:31h, 22 September

      Amen! Me too Kelly.
      And thanks for coming by, do have a super blessed day!

  • Yetunde Abimbola A.
    Posted at 23:26h, 21 September

    I really love this post, it spoke to me and it made me examine myself. It’s funny but I’ve always interpreted that verse differently but this is definitely a new way to apply it to my life. “If it is true but not just, or just but not honest, true, just, honest but not pure, lovely but not of a good report… you get what I mean, then you shouldn’t think on it.” I appreciate the way you broke it down, meaning our thoughts toward others has to be all of these things. Not just honest or pure but it has to be pure, lovely, honest, just, true, of good report and worthy of praise all at the same time.. I pray that God will give me the grace to have the right attitude towards all ppl. God bless you.


    • Ugochi Jolomi
      Posted at 13:29h, 22 September

      Amen! That’s my prayer for me too.
      Thanks for coming by, have a super blessed day!

  • Deborah Okeke
    Posted at 16:07h, 19 September

    hello pst,
    another post i like so much. oh pst u have a great inspiration,all u’ev said so far are all true.It reminds me of the relationship i have with some people,looking at them i think they are good people,but when they talk all they were saying are lies. some will claim they are born again,but when u come close to them they will be the one causing pains and worries.But so far i’ev learn to look from the inside,b’cos from the inside comes the true personality of a being.
    luv u pastor remain bless.

    • Ugochi Jolomi
      Posted at 21:51h, 19 September

      I love you too Deborah. It is wise that while we are cautious not to allow outer looks to deceive us, we should also endeavour that we look beautiful from inside out. Thanks for coming by Deborah, have a super blessed day!

  • mscookie
    Posted at 19:14h, 18 September

    very inspiring post, we have to judge people from the inside and not the outward appearance

    • Ugochi Jolomi
      Posted at 22:40h, 19 September

      Truth Mscookie! Thanks for coming by, do have a super blessed day!

  • Anna Popescu
    Posted at 16:42h, 18 September

    Another good one, Ugochi! I love the visual of the blemish-fee peel of the orange revealing the rotten fruit inside. It really serves to help us see that all that may *look perfect from the outside when there is actually something evil lurking inside.


    • Ugochi Jolomi
      Posted at 21:48h, 19 September

      God used the event of that day taught me a whole lot Anna.
      Thanks for coming by, do have a super blessed day!