I was at the store the other day and I came across something that brought back a flood of good memories. There were packets of seeds on a side aisle ... green bean, carrot, cucumber, and pumpkin seeds. I could list more but I do not want to bore you to death.
I began to think about those seeds. I would help my grandad plant his garden every year. The hoeing and digging were not much fun but I enjoyed scattering seeds. My granddad always encouraged me to be generous with the seeds. He would tell me not to hold back, spread the seeds generously.
One day, I was walking down one row in the garden and I was not being too generous with the seeds.
Grandad stopped me in the middle of the row. He said that if you plant only a few seeds you’re only going to get a few plants. If you plant generously, you will receive a generous amount. However, sometimes we plant the wrong seeds. I won’t go into a lot of detail but granddad was not real happy when I planted pumpkins in the green bean rows.
I see many people in our world today planting seeds of mistrust, division and harm. If you remember, Paul wrote to the Galatians in chapter 6: “Do not be deceived: God is not mocked. You reap whatever you sow.” Paul goes on to write in verses 9 and 10: “So let us not grow weary in doing what is right, for we will reap at harvest-time, If we do not give up. So then, whenever we have an opportunity, let us work for the good of all, especially with those of the family of faith.”
If we sow love we will get love.
If we sow anger we will get anger.
If we sow grace we will get grace.
If we sow hatred we will get hatred.
If we sow seeds of generosity, will we not receive generous helpings of purpose and joy?
Where will you sow seeds of love, joy, grace and peace today and throughout the week?
Our stewardship theme this year is “Sowing Seeds of Generosity”. Prayerfully and willingly consider where will you be generous with your time, your talents, your gifts, your service and your witness?
Happy planting! –– Mark
Published on Thursday, October 24, 2019 @ 3:38 PM EDT