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You Reap What You Sow

Normally, when I think of the phrase, You reap what you sow, I think of it with negative undertones. In other words, when you do bad things, bad things will happen to you. I am pretty sure I’m not alone in that thinking. That is why I was so surprised when that phrase came to mind when I saw my Facebook friend’s beautiful picture of her garden produce. I shook my head and wondered why those words popped into my head.

I got to thinking that sowing and reaping doesn’t always have to mean bad things. When I saw the vibrant red and green of Mary’s tomatoes and cucumbers I thought, had she not planted that garden she would not have such a beautiful harvest. Had she not sown she would not be reaping. Sowing does have its consequences, but it doesn’t always have to be bad. Yes, if we sow bad seed, we will reap bad things. But, if we sow good seed, we will have a good harvest! 

Isn’t that what we are supposed to be doing? Aren’t we supposed to be sowing good seed?  Doing good things? We are called to proclaim the Kingdom, spread the Gospel, live the Beatitudes, love our neighbors as ourselves, forgive one another, pray for those who persecute us…all those things Jesus taught us.

When we sow good things in our lives, good things result. Not merely by our efforts but because of God’s loving and powerful generosity.

Photo Credit: Mary Flanagan

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