You Reap What You Sow
This saying reminds us that there are consequences for every choice we make and every action we take. In his Epistle to the Galatians in the Christian New Testament, the Apostle Paul writes, “Be not deceived; God is not mocked: For whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.” In the economy we are currently enjoying, it can be easy to overlook the importance of investing in the well-being of others. I ask myself the following questions every day:
Some of the seed lands where the birds will eat it, some will dry out, some goes where the rocks are, and, thankfully, some will fall on the really good soil that produces a great abundance. Sure, it’s easiest to always work in the good soil, but is that always the best decision? When we receive an abundance, our mission should be to share it with others. By the way, that doesn’t necessarily mean sharing money. Our time is our most valuable resource. In this month’s column, I’m not focusing on the Parable of the Sower, even though it is the foundation for what I’m discussing. My real goal is not only to get you to focus on where your heart is when you are sowing seed, but, more importantly, to also learn to be patient and wait for the harvest. Learn to enjoy the journey. The first question I encourage parents to ask their kids after a basketball game is, “Did you win?” By the way, I’m not a fan of participation trophies. Beyond winning or losing, though, there’s something far more important: What did you sow during the game? Perhaps the questioning should go something like this instead: “Did you have fun? Did you play good defense? Did you help your teammates be in a good position? What did you contribute to the team?” What about you? What should you be sowing? Sow seeds of life and light in your family first, and then in your friends and clients. The biggest challenge is this: What are you doing for strangers or for those in need? Seeds can be encouragement, kind words, or a prayer. By the way, some seeds take years to harvest fruit. Wait for the harvest, be patient, and learn to enjoy the adventure along the way. I love my time on the tractor. Even if it is just two acres, it’s time to reflect and to dream. Take time this month to ask yourself, “What am I sowing in life, and what am I reaping?” If you don’t like the answer, remember that it’s up to you to take action because you reap what you sow. -Dave Tester
What can I do to encourage a friend or a client? How can I challenge myself to help a stranger?
The real crux of the saying focuses on the fact that what we invest in the universe eventually comes back to us. I enjoy driving the tractor on our small farm. It clears my mind, but it also takes me back to the Tester family roots and my grandmother, Helen Tester. During seeding time on the family homestead, any number of things could occur when we began to sow the seed.
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