“Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.” – Galations 6:7 KJV
I consider myself a man of faith, doing my best to ponder and adhere to the principles taught in the Bible. Which is why, as I’m sitting here drinking my coffee this morning, I find myself caught-up in thought after reading the verse I’ve listed above.
In the KJV, the word “soweth”could be re-written so say “continues to sow”– meaning that the “eth” at the end indicates that this is action isn’t a one-time event, but rather something that is continuing. This verse is referring to those who continue to sow…whether those seeds and deeds be good or bad. Which brings me to the question I’m pondering…
what happens if you stop sowing?
It brings a certain sense of comfort in knowing that I have an opportunity to change what I reap when it comes to my shortcomings and faults…just stop sowing. If I have a critical attitude and I don’t want to be looked at critically by others…stop sowing. If I’m quick to judge the fathers who disappoint their kids, yet I don’t want others pointing-out my flaws as a father…stop sowing.
Alternately, it gives me a sense of reprieve to know that I have an opportunity to influence the future of my life in a positive way. Do I want my friends, neighbors and colleagues to look on me with tolerance and longsuffering? I’ll sow some patience myself. If I want others to give my children space when they fail in the future (and they surely will), how do I make that happen? I’ll go sow sow kindness and mercy today.
Finishing my coffee, I find myself looking in my bag of seeds today. Do I need to change my gardening plans?
I prefer to plan and consider now, rather than praying for a crop failure later.