Friday, April 6, 2018

Seeds of Life or Death - Bonita Y. McCoy

During this time of the year, my thoughts turn to the outdoors. After being cooped up for months dodging the cold and the rain, I’m ready to run around in the sunshine and start to work in the yard.

Most years, I plant a garden.

Now, since most of my friends and family know about plants and gardening, it comes as no surprise to you that in order to have a successful garden, you have to plant seeds.

I know right?!

And if you want corn, you have to plant corn seeds. I’ve never known of anyone planting corn and harvesting watermelons, but then my knowledge is limited.

This brings me to my point. In God’s Word, we are told that a man reaps what he sows. (Galatians 6:7). We are also told that our tongues hold the power of life and death. (Proverbs 18:21)

So, it got me to thinking; what kind of words are we sowing?

If I reap what I sow and I’m going around sowing death, I’m not doing me or anyone else any favors. If I plant complaints, guess what I’m going to reap. You got it: complaints.

But on the flip side, if I sow encouragement and love, then that is what I should reap.

Our tongues do hold life and death. Our Father created the whole world by speaking it into existence. What are we speaking into existence?

What are we planting in the hearts of those around us?

As you begin to work in the yard or plan your garden this spring, take a moment and assess the seeds that you are planting in the lives of those around you with your words.

Will you reap life or death?

And if you find you don’t like what you’re sowing, lean into God and ask Him to change the words you sow.

Happy planting,
Bonita Y. McCoy

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