Every day we make plans and choices. We are planting seeds as we make choices of who we are going to marry, where we are going to live, having children or not, jobs, schools, what we are going to eat, where we are going to go, what words will come out of our mouth, etc..
How often do we plan and plan and those to-do lists grow and grow because God has a different course and “stuff” happens – good “stuff” and bad “stuff”. Sometimes we make plans and our plans fail, but guess what sometimes those plans fail and we experience the greatest blessing of our lives.
Ever heard the term “you reap what you sow”? I’ve been in a study this week called 5 Habits of A Woman Who Doesn’t Quit. One of the things that Nicki Koziarz emphasized in Chapter 7 is that “she gives others what she needs.” Instead of giving others a piece of our mind, we plant seeds of “emotional generosity”, we give them kind words instead of what we think they deserve. When we respond with love, God can do a BIG thing in their lives and ours. Have you ever been there where you had to extend “emotional generosity”?
Plant seeds today. God makes them grow. His plan, not ours. His instruments, not Satan’s. What is His assignment for you TODAY? His assignment today may be nothing more than being reverent to Him when we are washing clothes, studying, working, driving to and from work and whatever we are doing. Our reverence for Him should guide us each day in planting seeds as we prioritize our to-do lists and spend time with Him. His assignment might be responding in love when you really want to lash out.
Here are some simple ways you can plant seeds and watch others grow today:
- Send a text or email to let someone know you are thinking of them.
- Visit someone in the nursing home or a hospital or even a neighbor who is shut-in.
- Call someone on the phone.
- Carry a meal to someone who needs it.
- Offer to keep someone’s children so they can go out and enjoy some time with their husband.
- Let someone go ahead of you that seems in a hurry at the check-out line.
- Respond in love to someone who offends you today in word or cutting you off on the highway.
- Tell someone you love them.
Go plant those seeds or water some that have already been planted.
Being emotionally generous will bring out the best in me and you as children of God.
May we be known for the seeds we plant at home and away from home.
Joining Kate Matoung and the Five-Minute Friday girls today. The word is GROW! Come join us.