Updated: Sep 1
The way we create our future is by sowing it today. The principles of seed time and harvest time are always reflected in our lives. Today is a product of the choices we made yesterday, even if we had limited control over things, there were still options that had the potential to produce various outcomes. May God give us wisdom to discern the times in our life.
Everywhere we turn, the message is “BE GREAT”, it’s an amazing time to be alive but this message when it stands alone without any structure can be misleading. We can be so consumed with the dream of being at the mountain top and forget that there is a long, hard climb to get there. The destination and the journey go together. The beauty of standing at the top is knowing that we were able to push through every obstacle and difficulty to get there.
“He who tills his land will have plenty of bread, but he who follows frivolity will have poverty enough.” ~ Proverbs 28 : 19
Maybe you’re thinking: I know I can be great, that’s God’s plan for me (Jeremiah 29 : 11) , but what do I do now? It can become so confusing, between the teachings about following our passions, finding purpose, and making a difference; it’s easy to get lost and stuck thinking about what to do with your life meanwhile not taking any decisive action.
“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” ~ Jeremiah 29 : 11
The truth is there is very little that we can control in our own lives, therefore dedicating too much time to what we will do can be an exercise in futility. Don’t waste your own time. Rebuke confusion and aimless wondering, it’s stealing our days. I’m saying it’s important to have a plan, just don’t make a career out of planning. Have a direction, pray about it, God will place something in your mind, and then determine in your heart to go at it with all your might. Life will happen, stay on course, the secret to a successful outcome will be how you handle yourself when different situations arise.
“Life is 10% what happens to you and 90% how you react to it.” ~ Charles R. Swindoll
Once we have a direction or vision, remove all complexity, and be a farmer. Roll up your sleeves and get to work. The bible uses the imagery of a farmer when describing how we should approach life. Farmers are practical, they prepare their land and sow their seed before the rains come, and then wait for the harvest. They sow everything they have that has a high potential to grow in the ground they work. They know which plants grow well in the kind of soil they have. Give priority to where you are most likely to reap the greatest benefit. What are the things that are a natural fit based on your training, experience, talent, gift, and temperament?? Start with those.
Be alert to the paralysis of over-analysis. The farmer does not know what will bring the biggest harvest, their focus is not on the harvest but on whether they have made the best use of all the productive land before the rains come. Sow in a timely fashion, life isn't going to wait for you. "Luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity." Don’t just try this and that, put your whole being into it. Max yourself out on your endeavor, it will pay off. A farmer can not control the harvest, the deciding elements are outside of their control; but they do control how much and how well they sow. It’s a game of probability; the likeliness of a big harvest after sowing big is higher than that of a big harvest after only sowing a little bit.
“But this I say: He who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly; and he who sows bountifully shall reap also bountifully.” ~ 2 Corinthians 9 : 6
God gives you an idea, write it down, and get to work. Don’t delay, procrastination steals our opportunities. The more we delay, the more the idea gets blurry in our mind, the excitement fades, we begin to dwell on all the obstacles that executing the idea will bring, and because human nature favors ease we soon abandon our opportunity. Then we complain that there are no opportunities! Thomas Edison said, “Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work.” Banish all excuses from your mind! Apply “WHY NOT?” to every idea. We limit ourselves when we constantly look for evidence why something cannot happen. More so, we limit what God can do in our lives by not operating in faith. If we can just believe, all things are possible (Mark 9 : 23).
“He who observes the wind will not sow, and he who regards the clouds will not reap. As you do not know what is the way of the wind, or how the bones grow in the womb of her who is with child, so you do not know the works of God who makes everything. In the morning sow your seed, and in the evening do not withhold your hand; for you do not know which will prosper, either this or that, or whether both alike will be good.” ~ Ecclesiastes 11 : 4 - 6
We all want to live well in this world but we neglect to put into practice the principles of God who created the world. Bishop T.D. Jakes tweeted “You cannot be fruitful if you are not seedful.” We are looking to a confused world for answers and yet God has already given them to us. If we are still not sure what would count as seed, let’s do what we see. Make the most of what we already have. If you’re a student, make the most of every opportunity that the school provides for learners. If you’re working, make the most of every opportunity the employment offers. In our homes, let's make the most of the time and resources we have with our families. We’re sowing into our children’s lives. Farm everything in your life. We are instructed to have the work ethic of ants - ants are always preparing for the next season.
“The ant has no commander, officer, or ruler. Even so, it gets its food in summer; gathers its provisions at harvest. How long, lazy person, will you lie down? When will you rise from your sleep?” ~ Proverbs 6 : 7 - 9
We all have the ability to be great - God made us that way - In the image and likeness of God we were mad. Let's simplify our approach to life, make it line up with the word of God, and put forth our best effort. The rest we can safely leave in the hands of God. He is Lord of the Harvest.
What seeds are you sowing in your life today?
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