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How to grow a $5K mango?

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You read that right. There really is a mango in Japan that was purchased for a hefty $5,000.

Japan is actually well known for its luxury fruits sold at auction for big big bucks.

According to a YouTube program, Only In Japan, in Miyazaki, mangoes sell for $5,000. That’s quite a leap from the $1 mangoes at Aldi’s. But, how can a mango be worth so much? Is it the taste? The size? The smell? The color? The farmer? Or a grand marketing scheme?

There is a deep respect for the farmers from the buyers and the stores that sell these luxury fruits. These fruits do indeed stand out from the rest, as they are grown to be the best of the best.

So, how do you grow a $5,000 mango.

You plant the seed. You wait. Once they begin to blossom, you study the vine to find the best and you prune the rest. This enables those bests to grow even bigger and tastier, ergo better, perhaps $5,000 better.

It’s interesting to think of this nurturing process involves. Think of the pruning. So many baby mangoes are cut. It can’t be easy to make such cuts, but it’s necessary to get the best of the best.

This is much like how God works in our lives. In John 15, Jesus says: “Every branch in Me that does not bear fruit, he takes away; and every branch that bears fruit, He prunes it so that it may bear more fruit.”

That can be hard to swallow. Pruning can feel so cruel at times. The trials you face in life can cut deep.

So, why is a loving God pruning you? So you can grow to be the best of the best.

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