|Sowing And Reaping|
into the fields and country lanes in the spring time, and you will see
farmers and gardeners busy sowing seeds in the newly prepared soil. If you
were to ask any one of those gardeners or farmers what kind of produce he
expected from the seed he was sowing, he would doubtless regard you as
foolish, and would tell you that he does not "expect" at all,
that it is a matter of common knowledge that his produce will be of the
kind which he is sowing, and that he is sowing wheat, or barley, or
turnips, as the case may be, in order to reproduce that particular kind.
fact and process in Nature contains a moral lesson for the wise man. There
is no law in the world of Nature around us that is not to be found
operating with the same mathematical certainty in the mind of man and in
human life. All the parables of Jesus are illustrative of this truth, and
are drawn from the simple facts of Nature. There is a process of
seed-sowing in the mind and life a spiritual sowing which leads to a
harvest according to the kind of seed sown. Thoughts, words, and acts are
seeds sown, and, by the inviolable law of things, they produce after their
man who thinks hateful thoughts brings hatred upon himself. The man who
thinks loving thoughts is loved. The man whose thoughts, words and acts
are sincere, is surrounded by sincere friends; the insincere man is
surrounded by insincere friends. The man who sows wrong thoughts and
deeds, and prays that God will bless him, is in the position of a farmer
who, having sown tares, asks God to bring forth for him a harvest of
which ye sow, ye reap; see yonder fields
who would be blest, let him scatter blessings. He who would be happy, let
him consider the happiness of others.
there is another side to this seed sowing. The farmer must scatter all his
seed upon the land, and then leave it to the elements. Were he to
covetously hoard his seed, he would lose both it and his produce, for his
seed would perish. It perishes when he sows it, but in perishing it brings
forth a great abundance. So in life, we get by giving; we grow rich by
scattering. The man who says he is in possession of knowledge that he
cannot give out because the world is incapable of receiving it, either
does not possess such knowledge, or, if he does, will soon be deprived of
it, if he is not already so deprived. To hoard is to lose; to exclusively
retain is to be dispossessed.
the man who would increase his material wealth must be willing to part
with (invest) what little capital he has, and then wait for the increase.
So long as he retains his hold on his precious money, he will not only
remain poor, but will be growing poorer everyday. He will, after all, lose
the thing he loves, and will lose it without increase. But if he wisely
lets it go -- if, like the farmer, he scatters his seeds of gold, then he
can faithfully wait for, and reasonably expect, the increase.
are asking God to give them peace and purity, and righteousness and
blessedness, but are not obtaining these things. And why not?
Because they are not practicing them, not sowing them. I once heard a
preacher pray very earnestly for forgiveness, and shortly afterwards, in
the course of his sermon, he called upon his congregation to "show no
mercy to the enemies of the church." Such self-delusion is pitiful,
and men have yet to learn that the way to obtain peace and blessedness is
to scatter peaceful and blessed thoughts, words, and deeds.
believe that they can sow the seeds of strife, impurity, and
unbrotherliness, and then gather in a rich harvest of peace, purity and
concord by merely asking for it. What more pathetic sight than to see an
irritable and quarrelsome man praying for peace. Men reap that which they
sow, and any man can reap all blessedness now and at once, if he will put
aside selfishness, and sow broadcast the seeds of kindness, gentleness,
a man is troubled, perplexed, sorrowful, or unhappy, let him ask:
mental seeds have I been sowing?"
seeds am I sowing?"
have I done for others?"
is my attitude towards others?"
seeds of trouble and sorrow and unhappiness have I sown that I should thus
reap these bitter weeds?"
him seek within and find, and having found, let him abandon all the seeds
of self, and sow, henceforth, only the seeds of Truth.
Let him learn of the farmer the simple truths of wisdom.
From Above Life's Turmoil by James Allen. Copyright 2001-2003 by AsAManThinketh.net. All Rights Reserved.
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