Planting for Spring

As we wait here to find out the extent of the winter weather here this week, I am mulling over a scene from my drive to work this morning. I have a very rural drive to work and I am always interested in what is going on in the different fields. Right now we can see the left over stubs of last year’s cotton and the beginnings of this year’s spring grain. A few mullings came to mind.

How am I enjoying last year’s growth and not looking towards where God wants me to grow this year?

What am I planting for this year?

What piles of debris are still hanging out and need to be cleared away so that I can be more fruitful?

Don’t be misled: No one makes a fool of God. What a person plants, he will harvest. The person who plants selfishness, ignoring the needs of others – ignoring God! – harvests a crop of weeds. All he’ll have to show for his life is weeds! But the one who plants in response to God, letting God’s Spirit do the growth work in him, harvests a crop of real life, eternal life. So let’s not allow ourselves to get fatigued doing good. At the right time we will harvest a good crop if we don’t give up, or quit. Right now, therefore, every time we get the chance, let us work for the benefit of all, starting with the people closest to us in the community of faith.                      (Gal. 6:7-10, The Message)

Rev. Shannon Jordan

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