1stqtr07 457What we do today has future consequences, reaping the results of what we sow

A person who sows seed of kindness enjoys a perpetual harvest. Anonymous

All the flowers of all the tomorrows are in the seeds of today.  Author Unknown

In every failure lies the seeds of success.  Deepak Chopra

   The planting of seed has been used as a metaphor throughout history to teach that we must do something good and productive today and then patiently wait to reap the future harvest of something desirable and wonderful. Farmers and gardeners prepare soil, plant seeds, water and nourish, and reap a harvest when time has taken its course. Their planning, hard work and their diligence reap them future rewards.

   We are constantly planting seeds that will affect our lives for the future. It can be said that our parents planted seeds in us when we were young. Some of those seeds were deliberate and some were unintended. All seeds have future consequences. Some grow into desirable traits and characteristics; others turn into weeds of bad traits and habits. We plant these same seeds in our children. We are always doing things that will influence and impact us as well as others at some future date. Many of us are rather poor farmers and gardeners as to the type of seeds we sow; not necessarily planting seeds that produce things desirable. We often plant seeds that result in negative traits and characteristics; our weeds and thorns. A well known adage tells us that we will reap what we sow. Sow good seed, reap good results; sow bad seeds reap thorns and weeds. It does not say much for us when we sow undesirable seeds knowing that we will reap pain and misery in the future. It is not rocket science.  

    Bad habits, influences and environments; these are equivalents to bad seeds. We do unwise and harmful things and are influenced by too many undesirables, knowing these things will come back to bite us. Common sense tells us that if we replace bad things (bad seeds) with good things (good seeds) we will be rewarded with an improved harvest as a result. A wonderful and beautiful aspect of our humanness is that we have the capacity to become what we program ourselves to be. However, it works both ways. Good planning produces good results. Bad planning and programming produces bad results. We are somewhat a mixture of both good and bad seed. The obvious conclusion becomes, if we want better results, we need to start at the beginning. In order to improve our harvest and our results, we need to be more careful of the quality of the seeds that we are planting.   

Challenge: Farmers have to be diligent to reap good harvests. You are no different. You reap what you have sown. It is a universal truth. Haphazard efforts produce haphazard results. There is a direct correlation in you as to what you do or do not do with your life. It is a no-brainer. If you want a better harvest, you have to improve your gardening techniques. Better seeds, weeding, and nurturing will improve the quality of your harvest. 

Wisdom: Don’t judge each day by the harvest you reap, but by the seeds you plant Robert Louis Stevenson

Spiritual: (NIV))

Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come. 2 Corinthians 5:17

To the man who pleases him, God gives wisdom, knowledge and happiness. Ecclesiastes 2:26

For you have been born again, not of perishable seed, but of imperishable, through the living and enduring word of God.1 Peter 1:23

The Bible teaches us that we will reap what we sow, and that to produce good harvests requires diligent effort and careful attention on our part. We are told that we should be good stewards of our time, talents, abilities, finances and all the resources we have. If we will do so we will be rewarded and our harvest will be multiplied. Our problem is that we have a hard time believing what God tells us and proactively acting on these truths.

Prayer: Help me to improve the quality of the influences in my life; help me to become a better gardener. 

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