Spring planting!

IMG_1167I received two encouraging words today. The first came written in this text. The second came verbally through a woman I greatly respect and admire.

The law of sowing and reaping is more real than we might care to admit. It’s not often that you can sow and reap in the same day. It can happen, but it’s not the norm. Like planting a garden from seed, growing things to harvest take time. Often the better quality stuff takes much longer to grow. Stuff that comes quickly tends to be “cheap”.

We are such an impatient people. We seem to have lost our ability to wait for it. If the line is too long, we won’t bother. If we can’t get overnight shipping, we won’t order it. Sometimes we are willing to pay more just to have it now. The phrase “time is money” might actually mean something different than how we use it. Hummm….

So, this morning these two ladies sowed kind, encouraging words into my day, into my life.  It totally changed the flavor of my morning. It lifted my spirits and helped me to do a little kind encouraging sowing into others lives. Their words were unsolicited, from their heart toward me, and they each took the minute to communicate them to me. I felt abundantly blessed.

It’s spring time and I am sowing my vegetable garden seeds. Tomatoes, kale, spaghetti squash, garlic, and sweet potatoes. They won’t be ready for harvest for a couple months. I’ll have to sow now though if I want to enjoy them later. This summer as we enjoy the tomatoes I’ll probably remember sowing those seeds and nurturing them as they grow.

Kindness and encouragement are the same as these seeds. So often we sow a kind word, many times over and over, until one day weeks and months in the future, it comes back to us. It’s the law of sowing. This law works for pretty much everything, good, bad, and ugly. Ugly words and actions also work by sowing and reaping. Have you got some bad stuff growing in your relationships currently? Look back over time. Most likely you planted something that grew into this unhealthy thing. Be aware of what kinds of seeds you are sowing today. More than likely it will come back to you in the future. Make it count for the better!

Sharing hope for a better tomorrow.

scattering seeds

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