It’s time to harvest the remaining vegetables from our garden. While we enjoy the taste of garden fresh vegetables, a big reason for planting the garden is for our grandchildren. They are excited to pull carrots, get them washed and then eat them with the tops still attached. Whenever they get the chance they like to pull their own, which many times results in the tops being in their hands while the carrot is still in the ground. This is particularly true of the larger carrots. Often there will be a large carrot and right next to it a small one.
How can this be? The seeds we planted were all the same, put side by side in the same soil, at the same time and cared for in exactly the same way. Yet they have not all matured at the same rate.
As I think about this I wonder, if this is true for seeds, is it not also true for people? Deep within each of us we have many seeds. We have seeds of potential, of love and kindness; seeds of confidence and self-worth. We also have seeds of disappointment, of anger, of discouragement and low self-esteem. Some of these seeds grow larger and stronger than others, depending on which ones we focus on.
No matter the seeds, they need the proper nourishment to grow and flourish. For me, I know that I have a choice to feed the negative seeds by focusing on them, or to let God nourish the positive seeds that He has planted in me.
As I look at the various sizes of carrots, side by side in my garden, I stop and wonder, which of the seeds in my life am I putting my focus on.
“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” Galatians 6:7b-8 The Message
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Tandy is a local business woman and motivational speaker in Airdrie/Calgary Alberta