What Are You Reaping?

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In honor of last week’s entrance into autumn and because I stared at this verse every day for the past week due to my son’s Bible Memorization quiz today, this post is on sowing and reaping. 🙂 Galatians 6:7 says:

Do not be deceived. God cannot be mocked. For whatever one sows that also will he reap. For the one who sows in the flesh will from the flesh reap corruption. But the one who sows to the Spirit will from the Spirit reap eternal life.

It’s harvest time. After waiting patiently, tending the land with meticulous care, farmers are gathering the fruits of their labors, being rewarded for their diligence. It’s hard labor. A lot of long sweaty days staring at nothing but dirt. Watering the ground. Keeping the pests away. But all so worth it when the barn is full, right?

In our lives, it’s sometimes hard to “sow” the right thing. Like being thankful when life is putting the squeeze on you. Or planting seeds of kindness to that particular person that knows the exact words to get under your skin. Hang in there, friend. You will reap a harvest. God cannot be mocked.

In high school, there was a kid in my Latin class who got unmercifully picked-on, the center of ridicule. I sat beside him. Even though I was one of the youngest in the class, (an eighth grader in a room with juniors and seniors,) I endeavored to be kind to this boy. Not flirtatious but friendly. Day in and day out, I continued this thread of kindness knowing full well the tide could turn any time, and I could be the object of cruelty. When the school year ended, he graduated and that was the end of it. Or so it seemed…

Four years later, my seventeen-year-old self was driving home from work and red and blue lights swirled in my rearview mirror. I let out a heavy sigh. I was going 47 in a 35 zone. When I turned off the car, I was approached by the officer. My eyeballs almost popped from their sockets. Because the cop was none other than the kid who was bullied—all grown-up and bearing a badge. He remembered me, talked with me for a little while, and guess what? Totally let me go with no ticket, nothing on my record. Phew! I was one thankful girl!

I’m convinced that because I sown in kindness years ago, I reaped that very thing. He treated me exactly how I treated him back in eighth grade—with benevolence and sympathy.

So friend, keep on sowing the seeds of love and mercy. Plant compassion and gentleness. You may not reap tomorrow, or next week or even next month, but you will receive your harvest in God’s perfect timing.

And now for the giveaway! The randomly-selected winner of Roseanna White’s A Lady Unrivaled is. . . Connie Scruggs! Congrats, Connie 🙂

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