Generous Sowing

Generous Sowing

Flowers on a mountainside

Remember this: Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously.—2 CORINTHIANS 9:6 NIV

The concept of sowing and reaping is pretty simple. If you want a garden filled with colorful flowers, you start by planting seeds. If you want a large, fruitful garden, you’ve got to sow lots of seeds!

Blooming flowers attract people with their colorful petals and fragrant aromas. Well-kept gardens draw us in with their tasty variety of fruits and vegetables. Do you want to attract others to yourself and the God you serve? Want them to recognize the “fruit of the Spirit” residing in you? Want to win them with your fragrant aroma? Then sow seeds!

What seeds have you planted today? Kindness? Joy? Gentleness? Self-control? Goodness? If you drop those seeds into fertile soil—and what soil is more prepared than those you care for on a daily basis?—God will cause them to spring to life.

As you begin each day, ask the Lord to show you which seeds to plant…and how. Follow His lead. Then watch the blossoms of a fruitful life spring forth!

Today's Prayer:

Heavenly Father, I want to bear fruit in my life. I want others to be drawn to me so that I can effectively minister to them. Please help me to plant good seeds. Show me when and where to do the planting so that the harvest will be plentiful!

Adapted from Strength & Grace: Daily Devotions for Caregivers, a new publication from Guideposts