The second conversation I seem to have with lots of adults is one that I find particularly hard ... “What do you expect? What goes around comes around.”
Here is the principle: you reap what you sow.
This has implications in all arenas of life: relationally, morally, physically, financially, educationally, etc. And I've been surprised at how few adults ever learned this principle growing up. They don't have specific memories of getting this from their parents, teachers, or even in Sunday school. I hope that can change as we relearn this ancient truth ...
“Remember this: Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously.” 2 Corinthians 9:6 (NIV)
Four truths about sowing and reaping …
We reap WHAT we sow. If you plant beans in your garden, you're not going to get corn.
We reap WHERE we sow. If you plant in the northwest corner of your back yard, the crops won't come up in the southeast portion of your yard.
We reap AFTER we sow. Sometimes we have to wait months and even years before we see a harvest come in, but rest assured, there will be a harvest!
We reap MORE than we sow. When you plant seeds, you sow just a few. But the results are considerably more than what you have put into the ground.
I hope you're making the connection here. Another way of saying this is that we reap later and greater.
For some this is discouraging. But for those who allow this principle time to work in your life it’s a tremendous blessing. This principle isn’t fair, just, balanced, even or 1-to-1. It can work for you or against you. I hope you'll leverage it to your benefit. If you sow seeds of righteousness, you'll reap a harvest of righteousness!