I am so convinced that warmer temps are on their way, that I got outside and sowed some grass seed in the backyard yesterday. Throughout the process of putting out the seed, I had some time to think beyond the physical activity I was carrying out. The Bible tells us in II Corinthians 9:6-8 to "Remember this: Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously. Each man should give what he has decided in his heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work."
The way those verses apply to my yard is that the more generous I am in sprinkling the seed on the prepared soil, the thicker my new grass will be. I desire for us to have a beautiful yard, with no soil being seen, therefore, I need to sow accordingly. If I try to get by and stretch my seed further, it will show when my grass starts growing!
Shifting to other parts of our lives, if we pour love and kindness into our relationships with those we love, we will reap blessed relationships. If we don't, it will cause friction and our relationships will break down. If we pour ourselves into the job God has given us, and approach it as a mission field, He will bless our efforts and provide us opportunities to bring Him glory! If we don't, it will become "just a job" and we will not reap all that God has ready to give.
If we begin to sow generously in every area of our lives, the quality of our lives will greatly increase. Think about how you spend all the resources you've been given - time, energy, love, money, talent- then decide if you want to use them generously or sparingly. This could be a game-changing day for us!
Come along - let's reap a great harvest!