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May 19, 2014

The Seeds We Plant

Matt and I decided to plant a garden about a month ago. He built the garden box when I was out-of-town and then we bought the fruits, vegetables and herbs several weeks ago. This is what it looked like when...

Matt and I decided to plant a garden about a month ago. He built the garden box when I was out-of-town and then we bought the fruits, vegetables and herbs several weeks ago.

This is what it looked like when we planted them:

 

before

 

 

So tiny and cute.

…No,  I didn’t start with seeds. If I managed to keep these plants alive, which had a hefty head start, it would already be a miracle.

Matt and I have watched it grow a little at a time, here and there over the last couple of weeks but there hasn’t been any evidence of real fruit or anything.

Then we came back from our vacation to this:

 

after

Holy Cow. I had to trim the cilantro before I took this picture because it was taller than me and blocking the photo. (That’s not normal, right?) Once I could see past the World-Record-Setting Cilantro, there were tomatoes, strawberries, zucchini, squash and tons and tons of the different lettuces. I was so excited to see what all had grown since we’d been gone just over a week.

Getting to see the actual fruit and real vegetables made me think of Pete Wilson’s talk at Catalyst two weeks ago. He’s into gardening also and he pointed out something obvious about gardening in his talk that I’d never thought of.

He said in his typical sarcastic storytelling tone,

“What’s fun about gardening is that I know exactly what I am going to get. I plant tomato seeds and I don’t have to watch the sprouts and think, ‘Oh, I wonder what’s going to come up!‘ Right? Like, I know. It’s going to be tomatoes because I planted tomato seeds.”

We all laughed at this idea and he elaborated with more jokes and sarcasm.

Then a little later in the talk, he took a more serious tone, applying his story to scripture and our lives like he always does so smoothly. (This is what I like to call the “pivot” in a talk when you redirect the story to your point.) He said, “We live in a sowing and reaping world. You will reap what you sow…So I want to ask you, ‘What are you sowing today, that you don’t want to reap tomorrow?‘”

That’ll preach, y’all.  That’s GOOOOD.

So as we start this Monday and this new fresh week, let’s give some thought to what we’re sowing.

Whether it’s gardening with seeds or the relationships that you keep or the results in your work week, “If you want to change what you’re reaping, change what you’re sowing.”

 

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