Sunday, August 2, 2009

Sowing What You Seed


Having a love for old sayings such as "read it and weep", and "reaping what you sow" I decided today to put some thoughts down about a "new" saying.

Not one that I have heard before, but one that I feel in the heart:
Sow what you seed.

For many years now, many many years, we have helped in the Church Garden. From the infancy of the Pumpkin Patch to what has grown to be a garden of vegetables for the widows of the ward the children have learned a great deal from planting, sowing, reaping.

I am so thankful today for the lessons that have been learned along side of them.

What you plant will grow.

What weeds you allow to grow in your garden will suffocate the good.

What you grow can and will feed you, especially if you look after the needs of others first.

What you plant will grow: We don't have control over the things that come our way in life, the storms, the droughts. We can only control what we plant and what we nourish.

What weeds you allow to grow in your garden will suffocate the good you have planted: You can not just plant seeds and walk away. Those seeds are tender, especially in the first days. They must be nourished, protected, watched over, cared for, and always prayed for. If you allow a tiny weed to grow, without plucking it at first sight, that weed will overtake the seedling. It will quickly out grow the good that you are trying to do, it will strangulate the roots, it will hog the sunlight, it will take over and you will be left with nothing but weeds.

What you grow can and will feed you, especially if you look out for the needs of others first: There are many times in life when we have to put our own needs first, we must nurture the nurturer. I have also found that if you are actively engaged in the things that are kind and tender and honest toward others that your days will be full of sun and laughter. What you grow while tending to simple seedlings is your own heart. You see your hard work credited, and you know that life is a bigger pictures than what you simply see. So, sow what you seed. Seed what you know.


LeShel said...

so true, thanks.

Wendyburd1 said...

A church garden? Wow what a cool thing!

Shadow said...

i love your saying, sow what you seed. just as the bad can repeat, so can the good. very GOOD!

Cynthia said...

I love the idea of a church community garden- so much can be taught and learned there as you've shown. Great idea!

One of my favorite quotes is from the book "The Secret Garden" and it is "Where you tend a rose, a thistle cannot bloom"

Andrea said...

Good thoughts. :)

Heatherlyn said...

Great post! So true. Gardens are almost completely symbolic for life!

VICKI IN AZ said...

This is beautiful and thought provoking. You are so right thank you for sharing. Nice to see you here. Enjoy your vacation.
♥ Vicki

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