“Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.“Galatians 6:7
I have never had much of a green thumb. In fact, my thumb often serves as the Grim Reaper when it comes to planting plants and maintaining them, if they make it that far. I planted low maintenance cacti in my back yard as I figured they would be easy enough to take care of. I was told to not water them and when they died, I was told that I needed to give them a little water. I replanted them and gave them a little water, and the cacti died from too much water. I was not willing to try a third time, so I went to a place where they sold metal plants and I did not blink at the price tag. The fake foliage is doing quite well in my backyard, and my black thumb has not been able to ruin them.
I have planted plenty of things in my life, and not just greenery. Everyday we have choices to make about what types of seeds we will plant in our lives. We sometimes plant good seeds and we sometimes plant bad seeds. We rarely see the fruit of these seeds immediately, but there comes a day when the harvest comes. We do not always like the harvest we planted, but it does not have to be this way. Our choices always matter, even when it seems the choices are small and inconsequential. I think back to the times in my life when I made poor choices, and I longed to press the rewind button to go back and make a different decision. The “I love you mom” pleas got me nowhere, and I had to dance to the song I played.
The older I get, the more I have come to realize the power of my decisions and the effect they have on my life. God has allowed me to be part of a ministry that has helped to change my life. I have been introduced to His truth and taught to combat satan’s lies with its power. I have seen the harvest of making good decisions, and I have reaped the benefits of planting good seeds. I have seen God work in my life and change my thinking, outlook, and perspective, even though the circumstances really did not change. He changed me, which changed everything in my life, and He gave me joy from within that I never consistently had. The principle of reaping and sowing is a powerful truth and one of God’s natural laws.
What seeds are you planting in your life? Are you planting good seeds or bad seeds? Have you reaped a bad harvest lately? Have you wished you could rewind your life 30 seconds, 30 days, or 30 years? The beauty of reaping and sowing is that it may have worked against you in the past, but you can change that now and plant good seeds. It is never too late to plant good seeds and everyday the sun rises is a new opportunity God gives us to do the right thing. When we reap a good harvest, it often leads to wanting to continue to plant good seeds and make right choices.
What seeds will you plant today? What harvest do you want to see come up in the next few days, months, and years? Will you plant bad seed for a moment of pleasure, or will you make decisions that will benefit you for all eternity? God always blesses obedience, and a harvest of obedience sure beats a harvest of pain, anguish, grief, and death. May our decisions be godly and may we honor God in all that we do.