Have you ever noticed how one negative thing leads to another? It seems once one thing goes wrong, many more wrongs follow. Did you ever notice it’s not just negative or wrong that follow this pattern? The pattern or rather principle is simple. It’s called reaping and sowing. The Bible teaches us these farming terms as a way of explaining how life works.
Plant a corn seed and corn will grow. This is called sowing. At the appropriate time, you receive a harvest of corn. This is called reaping. It’s the same with any other kind of seed. It doesn’t matter whether it’s a bean, tomato, or cucumber seed. All seeds will yield the kind of fruit God intended. Sow this, reap that. Understand?
In life, we too plant seeds. Granted these are not physical seeds we put in the ground, but seeds none the less. The seeds we sow come from things like our thoughts, our attitudes, our body language, and our actions or behaviors.
Our thoughts make all the difference in the world. If we choose to dwell on unhealthy things, it is like planting a bad crop. We will reap the consequences of unhealthy thoughts in the area of our attitude and actions. With our thoughts focused on negative and unhealthy things, we make unwise choices. Conversely, when we set our minds on healthy things like Philippians 4:8-9 suggests we reap a pleasant harvest of God’s peace guarding our hearts and minds.
Our attitudes come from whatever we allow our mind or thoughts to focus on. Our attitude also rubs off on others. Think about when you’ve been around someone with a bad attitude. What did you not like about being with them? To me hanging around those with bad attitudes causes me to be more negative and start complaining. Those bad attitudes plant seeds in others. When our attitude could use a little adjusting, the best place to start is with our thoughts. Stop and think about what you are thinking. Begin to notice what you dwell on. Ask God to help you recognize unhealthy thoughts and replace them with godly thoughts instead. Memorizing scripture is a great way to get God’s good stuff stored away in your gray matter.
With our bodies we can convene sincere interest or disrespect for others. Let me give you an example, a wife and husband are having a conversation. The wife doesn’t necessarily agree with what the husband is saying and it’s very obvious because of her stance (hands on her hips) and her eye-rolling. This communicates disrespect towards her husband. The sad part is she probably doesn’t even know it. We need to be cautious of our bodies and what we might be communicating through our body language.
Of all the items we’ve discuss so far, this one is probably the “no-brainer”. Actions we can see. Therefore, it is should be pretty evident we are influencing others by what we choose to do or not do. If a parent chooses to drink alcohol and smoke around their children, then there’s a good possibility the children will grow up thinking drinking and smoking are okay. Our actions leave marks in another’s life whether for good or bad. Our decision is to make our actions count for good. Galatians 6:8 NKJV “For he who sows to his flesh will of the flesh reap corruption, but he who sows to the Spirit will of the Spirit reap everlasting life.” What good actions are doing today to influence others?
Lord Jesus, thank you for your saving grace. Teach us to sow good seed that we may reap a good harvest of right living. In Jesus’ name Amen. © Elizabeth Marks, author of ThinkOnIt Devotions and has a heart for encouraging others with God’s Word. For more articles, devotions and book reviews, visit http://www.ThinkOnItDevotions.com today.