Let us not grow weary or become discouraged in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap, if we do not give in. Galatians 6:9 (Amplified)
In his book The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People: Powerful Lessons in Personal Change, Stephen Covey said, “Did you ever consider how ridiculous it would be to try to cram (like we did when studying for tests in school) on a farm – to forget to plant in the spring, play all summer, and then cram in the fall to bring in the harvest?”
Covey said the farm is a natural system where the price must be paid and the process followed – we always reap what we sow. Always.
We never plant an apple seed and get a pear tree. We never plant a rose bush and get sunflowers. We never sow bad choices and get good results. Never.
It might take a long time for our choices, bad or good, to reap consequences, but they will. Always.
For too long, I sowed giving into people to make relationships work. Boundaries make relationships work.
For years, I sowed easy (and lazy) things like organizing my office instead of hard (and right) things like writing another chapter. Right choices bring about right results.
For my whole life, I sowed my focus into family and friends so I’d be okay. God’s the only okay maker.
In the past, if I wasn’t reaping what I wanted, I crossed over to your farmland and planted your soil. That way, we both benefited, right?
God never said to plant someone else’s farmland. In fact, in my favorite verse (1 Thessalonians 4:11), He said to mind my own business.
There is no way around living my own life except living with the bad consequences when I don’t.
It’s time to work our own farmlands and share the overflow from it. What do you think about that? I know, it’s dirty work.
In This Together,