Month: February 2019

New Beginning

New Beginning

New growth

I’m sure you’ve all figured it out, but I struggle to keep this thing going… Well starting today I’m going to do my absolute best to post a little something at least a couple of times each week.

I like the photo I picked for this post because it’s such a representation of what life is, what growth is, and what this page is supposed to be. Every idea begins as a seed. Whether it was planted by someone else directly or indirectly, it was planted at some point in the past. Life is full of seeds in the daily routine, our weekly trips to the store (or daily if you’re like me…I always forget something), they’re present in our conversations with friends, and they’re vital to our growth. What’s more as they begin to grow and take root they bring about change. Change in our thought process, change in our actions, and change in our beliefs. If we recognize that our day to day lives are full of seeds planted in ourselves, how much more should we recognize that every action or word to another is also planting, or in some cases watering, a seed.

Paul explains that the gospel is kind of like a seed in that “I planted, Apollos watered, but God was causing the growth. So then neither the one who plants nor the one who waters is anything, but God who causes the growth. Now he who plants and he who waters are one; but each will receive his own reward according to his own labor.” – 1 Cor 3:6-8

In our day to day walk are we planting gospel seeds, are we watering gospel seeds planted by others, are we watching God cause growth among our friends, family, neighbors? It is our responsibility as believers to lead others to the Gospel of Jesus Christ. The good news of an end to sin and a new beginning in relationship with the Father. Plant and water the good seeds in others! Notice here however that Paul didn’t say that he planted, Apollos watered, Matthew came along and pulled roots, John did the pruning. No he simple says that they planted and watered and God handled the rest. It’s God’s job to bring about growth by removing the weeds and dead limbs, not ours. It’s our job to plant and water the seeds in others. But it’s also our job to look at ourselves and our own “garden”.

Before you really dig into what seeds you’re planting in others, it would be worth asking which seeds are you watering within yourself? There’s all the seeds that we have planted of goodness, kindness, love, and patience that we see and witness in those around us that get planted, but at the same time there’s all the seeds of sin and darkness that come from those around us all the same. Are you allowed seeds of goodness to get planted, watered, and letting them grow by spending time in environments, with people, taking in media (books, movies, TV, etc) that bring about those seeds? Or are you letting seeds of darkness and sin get planted and sprout up by spending time in environments, with people, taking in the wrong media?