Do You Operate Out Of Scarcity Or Abundance?
By Janet Stobie
For the first time in years, we have a garden. Early last spring in my four-by-eight garden plot, my granddaughter and I planted a package of lettuce and a package of pea seeds. My friend said, “You’re wasting your seed. It’s too early. Those seeds will just rot in that cold ground.” As usual, God gave us the miracle of new life, and we’ve had lettuce and peas to share with family and friends. As I munch on God’s abundance, I’m aware of our attitude to people.
Sometimes we think that a person is too cold, or too stubborn, or too angry, or whatever, for our seeds of love to germinate. We make our judgment and move on to look for better soil for our precious love. We don’t want to waste our time or our energy.
Jesus told a story about a farmer who sowed his seed on the hard path, on rocky soil, among thorns, and on fertile ground. This farmer worked with an attitude of abundance. He didn’t judge the quality of the soil. He spread the seed indiscriminately, even though only one in four would bring forth fruit for the harvest. Jesus said, God is like that. God spreads love to everyone without judging who is fertile soil.
This is good instruction for living. God gives us an endless well of love. We’re called to spread that love without judgment to all we meet and welcome the harvest that comes. Remember this may be the time, and you may be God’s choice for planting God’s love in this particular person.
“But some seeds fell in good soil, and the plants bore grain; some had one hundred grains, others sixty, and others thirty.” And Jesus concluded, “Listen then if you have ears.”