These past couple weeks, I’ve been back home helping my parents with their wheat harvest. Ranking as one of my most favorite things to do in the whole world, because it is so serene, peaceful, s.l.o.w, steady, and rewarding. Driving the giant green combine, that’s right…I am a John Deere fan through and through…over the millions of stalks of wheat, I began to think back to Galatians 6:9, “Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.”
This scripture verse doesn’t only apply to the farmer, but to every area of our lives, from our relationships to our businesses. Are you wanting a bountiful harvest or a harvest of lack? Let’s think about this…every single thing you do plants a good seed or a bad seed. There are no neutral seeds. For instance, if you read the Bible…good seed. On the contrary, if you disrespect people…bad seed. If you show up to work in the morning full of positivity and smiling from ear to ear while saying, “Hello,” to you fellow coworkers…good seed. If you wake up in the morning dreading the day…bad seed. If you encourage someone…good seed. If you gossip…bad seed. If you love others…good seed. If you use foul language…bad seed. If you make supper for your husband…good seed. If you talk to you husband with a chip on your shoulder…bad seed. If you live life with integrity…good seed. If you lie…bad seed. This list could go on and on forever!
I know in my past I have planted many bad seeds…living with my husband before marriage, disrespecting my parents, damaging my body and gossiping to name only a few. These seeds that I had planted are going to sprout, if they haven’t yet. I am not proud of these seeds, but I have grown so much over the years to address and correct them. Then along the way, I have planted many, many good seeds…encouraging others, loving on others, building others up, pouring hope and life into others, putting others before myself, believing in others, and helping others in need to name a handful. Did you know these seeds will sprout too? And this harvest will be bountiful.
As you know, the farmer plants the seed in his timing and in the perfect timing the seed sprouts after months of rain (hopefully) and sunshine. It takes much patience after sowing the seeds to witness the harvest, sometimes hours or days, sometimes years or even decades. Sometimes you may not even see the harvest in your lifetime, but that doesn’t mean that your children and grandchildren won’t be affected by your seed sowin’. Sometimes you may want to sow the bad seed, because its easier or quicker. Sometimes you may want to sow the bad seed, because everyone else is doing it. Sometimes there may even be a storm or two that causes you to stop and question if you are on the right path. Remember each day to choose to sow the good seed and in the proper time you will reap an incredible harvest. The bountiful blessings will be much greater than you could ever imagine! And you know what’s even better? You will have storehouses of treasure piling up in Heaven too! I know when I get to Heaven, I want God to take me aside and say, “Well done, good and faithful servant!”
Today I ask you: What kind of seeds are you sowing? Are you focusing to sow the good seeds? Or are you falling with society at sowing the bad seeds? I challenge you today to rise up and sow the good seeds and be patient. Your harvest is coming and it is plentiful! Always take the high road! Always lead by example! Always do the right thing! Never let the enemy talk you into stooping down to his level! Never let your integrity down! Never settle for less than the best!
Thank you for loving me through my good seeds and my bad seeds. Thank you for your grace and forgiveness as I journey though this life. Thank you for loving me, because I’m not perfect. I know I’ve planted bad seeds and I admit I’m still a work in progress. I also know I continue to plant some bad seeds, because I am of the flesh. Thank you for immediately convicting me in these times so that I can continue to grow to be more like you everyday. Thank you for celebrating the good seeds. Father God, thank you for allowing me in the proper time to reap a harvest and that it will be bountiful with all of my good seeds! Lord, help me to focus on planting the good seeds for in the proper time I will reap a bountiful harvest. Thank you, Lord, for this life and the ability to love others!
In Jesus’ name,