Planting the "right" seeds.
Good morning, It's planting season in Northern Michigan. Many farmers have gotten most of their fields planted. I'm sure if they were to be asked about the importance of the seeds they plant, they would unanimously agree that the seed is vital in producing a good crop. Of course, they would never plant corn if they wanted a field of beans. Likewise, wheat seeds would produce a field of wheat and not oats. It all seems so simple, but why would we think the seeds of life would be any different.
Paul was writing the Galatians this very idea in chapter 6. "Do not be deceived: God is not mocked, for whatever one sows, that will he also reap. For the one who sows to his own flesh will from the flesh reap corruption, but the one who sows to the Spirit will from the Spirit reap eternal life." Gal 6:7-8
When we put our efforts into things of value, things of value will be what we reap in our lives. When we don't make time for things that really matter, the things that really matter will not be able to give a full harvest. Having not been nurtured, they may not be healthy and strong relationships. (e.g., our children, spouses, even our relationship with The Lord.) Having not been made a priority, we will not reap the rewards that would have otherwise been ours. Once the seed has been planted, the farmer needs to be diligent to keep an eye on his field, knowing that insects and bad weather could harm his crop. He must stay alert and aware as must we if we want the most from our life crops.
"And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up." Galatians 6:7-9 ESV I hope this doesn't sound ridiculous as this former city girl talks about farmers and crops. But I won't deny I do enjoy reaping a harvest of good blessings in my life. My children are one of my greatest blessings. I encourage you to plant good seeds in your lives, as you love on your soulmates, your precious children, and your parents . Be a peacemaker whenever possible. Be that person that goes out of their way and sows' seeds of kindness and mercy. And above all, cultivate the strongest relationship with the Lord you possibly can. That is a crop that will yield abundant joy and strength for every day of your life.
"And those who are peacemakers will plant seeds of peace and reap a harvest of righteousness." James 3:18 NLT