Think about something for me really quick: Have there been people in your life that have made a profound impact on you and you have not told them? Or have people handled situations around you and it was a real example and inspiration to you, but they have no idea that you were watching?
I ask those questions because I think sometimes in life, we get discouraged that the fruit of our labor doesn’t seem to be harvesting as promised. We sow and we sow and we sow and somehow, what we reap doesn’t seem to be adding up.
Maybe you have poured your heart and soul into a specific person, in hopes that they would see the light in a particular situation, but they keep repeating their same actions? Or maybe you have invested so much into your child in order for them to change their lifestyle and it feels as though nothing is working? Or maybe you have exhausted yourself by giving and giving to your marriage and your partner still seems to be unable to reciprocate?
I don’t know what your particular situation is but I do know that all of us have experienced a time when giving up sounds like the best option. Discouragement knocks on our door every single day and hope? Well, we haven’t seen her in a while.
Do me a favor. Please do not give up. Please.
What you are doing IS making a difference. The seeds that you are planting are being watered. Your efforts are not futile, your time is not wasted and there is always hope.
Sometimes, people take a little longer to see things on their own and that’s okay! Your job is not to make sure that the flower blooms or that the fruit produces but rather just to plant the seed.
Because the reality is, referring to my original question, we often don’t realize who or what things impact our life decisions and character until we look back and reflect. The people that you are influencing and impacting may not even realize the difference you are making in their lives until their lives start to look different.
You and Jesus make a good team. Trust that He will water the seed and continue to do what you do! The outcome has never been your responsibility
Also, be careful. I say be careful because you never know who is watching you do what you do or say what you say. If your life feels chaotic, people are probably looking to see how you will respond. Usually the greater the struggle, the deeper the impact and the wider the platform. Let your life speak loudly that you know Jesus. And that you trust Him beyond your circumstances.
You are by nature, a farmer. You may not ever know the seeds you plant so make that they are rooted in love and anchored in Christ.
We have the privilege to be a seed-planter. Do not take that lightly, friends! Remember in the mundance and monotonous, as well as the climatic moments, that your words and your actions do influence those around you.
Now, go plant some seeds! Happy Monday, friends!
“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.” –Galations 6:7-9