Last week, Farmer’s Daughter Part 1, I talked about the many similarities between farming and our lives; specifically waiting and the process it takes. With that foundation laid, it’s time to move to the next step of picking of our seeds.
It Starts with a Seed
Before my dad can get into the field to plant, he has to decide what seeds he wants to plant. He can till and fertilize his land until the cows come home, but no crops will grow on that land without seeds. He researches different varieties, compares pricing, yield rates, etc. He is choosing the best and most appropriate seeds to produce a good crop.
The same is true in our lives. We get to choose our seeds. They are our thoughts, words, or actions. They are the people we allow into our lives. The seeds we choose matter because they influence us. They may be tiny at first, but the benefits of selecting the proper seeds will have an everlasting impact. We pick and eventually plant seeds because we have something in our lives we want to harvest.
Galatians 6:7-9 – Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows. Whoever sows to please their flesh, from the flesh will reap destruction; whoever sows to please the Spirit, from the Spirit will reap eternal life. Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.
The Right Seeds
Imagine my dad planting weeds or some anti-crop seed among his corn and soybean seeds. He doesn’t want that in his fields! He knows what seeds he wants and makes every effort to prevent the wrong ones from getting in or near his field. Planting the wrong seeds can cause all kinds of trouble. It creates extra work, causes stress and worry and can reduce his yield.
Which seeds do you think will produce the best yield in your life? Disbelief, bitterness, comparison and anger? Or how about the Fruits of the Spirit: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control.
What if we made every effort, like farmers, to avoid getting the wrong seeds? What if we took preventative measures to not go near or allow wrong seeds into our lives? Life is not perfect, neither is farming, so there will be times when we pick the wrong seed or it stubbornly forces its way into our field. That’s where grace comes in. Thank goodness we have a God who can guide us in removing the wrong seeds and teach us which ones to choose next time.
Before Part 3, I encourage you to think of a seed or seeds you want to plant in your life. It can be a word, phrase, image, etc. Write it down because next week, we are going to plant them, complete with a printable to serve as a daily reminder!
Check out these great commercials explaining The Farmer in You from SD Corn. Plus, Ry is in The Caring Spirit video and my dad is the tall guy walking in The Independent Streak video!
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