Galatians 6:7b-9 – “A man reaps what he sows. The one who sows to please his sinful nature, from that nature will reap destruction; the one who sows to please the Spirit, from the Spirit will reap eternal life. Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.”
Is it really true that we reap what we sow? Yes, it’s one of those unbreakable laws of the Universe that is unchanging and will remain unchanged. If you take a portion of your yard and prepare it to plant vegetables in spring, at the proper time, those veggies will be ready for harvest.
If you plant carrots, it’s carrots you will reap. If you plant corn, it’s only a matter of time before corn is ready to pick and eat.
Imagine the shock you’d get if you planted tomatoes and a few months later found green peppers growing on the tomato plants. It might make the news.
These laws apply to all of nature too. If two human adults were to come together and conceive a third life – it’s assured that what will be born will be human too. What would you say or do if you gave birth to a baby porpoise?
Fortunately, that will never happen.
But the law applies to much more than produce or even people. In our day to day lives we have many opportunities to cross paths with other people, right? In each case you have the opportunity to “plant” something in that person, that will ultimately grow and reach harvest.
Last week, while traveling I found myself speaking with a young woman at the front desk of the hotel where I was staying. She had an unusually pleasant demeanor and with her bright smile and sunny attitude, she planted into me a renewed spirit. I was happier just to have spoken with her.
The next day I met a woman at the conference who’s job it was to clean up the break area where everyone was eating. I asked her if there were any toothpicks available and as she told me “no”, I sensed that she was not having the best of days. So I thanked her for making the place we were eating much cleaner and nicer.
I asked her what she thought the place would look like in an hour if she wasn’t there. The thought made her smile as she realized that she was important. In planting that quick seed of encouragement, I could see that it was quickly growing into a renewed spirit in her.
So as you go through your life today and in weeks to come, consider what you’re planting as you go – particularly if you care about what you’ll harvest later. Because if you sow good seeds you’ll receive a good crop. How do I know? It’s Universal law.