Sowing seeds for all seasons | Worship

By Bishop Eric Jacobsen, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints | Jun 11, 2014

I remember buying our first home here in Mukilteo many years ago. We had a young family and were excited to be new homeowners. Caring for our home and large yard was challenging, but I was eager to learn and work at it.

Our neighbor’s lawn looked perfect. The grass was definitely greener on the other side of our fence! One day, I approached our neighbor and asked how he got his lawn looking so good.

“I water it,” he responded. I nodded my head hoping for a more profound answer, but that was it. I felt pretty silly and thanked him for his embarrassingly simple advice.

Over the years, our children enjoyed planting a garden in our backyard. After a lot of care (and watering!), we harvested a variety of fresh peas, carrots, green beans, lettuce and tomatoes.

Some refer to this as “the law of the harvest.” It is a law that applies not only to farmers and gardeners, but also to our everyday lives. Our life is like a garden and will be as good and as bountiful as the seeds we sow and nourish.

“As ye sow, so shall ye reap,” states the Bible. (Galatians 6:7)

A wise poet, Charles Reade, penned: “Sow a thought and you reap an act. Sow an act, and you reap a habit. Sow a habit, and you reap a character. Sow a character and you reap a destiny.”

If you plant peas you can’t reap carrots. Likewise, we cannot expect to get top grades in school without doing the necessary study and work to obtain them. A student can’t suddenly “cram” the night before an exam any more than a farmer can “cram” by planting seeds the night before he hopes to harvest.

Of course, this law can also be applied in reverse. If we are harvesting something in our life we don’t like, we can stop nourishing those seeds, let them wither away, and begin to plant and nourish new seeds.

With the seemingly limitless access to information today, what kinds of seeds are we sowing? What are we allowing into our homes and into the hearts and minds of our children? Will the seeds we’re sowing reap the harvest we really want?

Jesus compared the word of God to a seed. When the seed fell upon good ground, or an open heart, it brought forth fruit “an hundredfold.” (Luke 8:5-15)

The word of God, as found in the scriptures, will help us sow and nurture seeds of faith, hope and charity. God promises us that such seeds will yield an abundance of peace, joy and strength through all of life’s seasons.

We have a friend, Jeff, who, at the age of 19, was faced with a diagnosis of stomach cancer. Doctors removed half of his stomach and he endured many months of grueling treatments and adjustments to a new way of life.

Through it all, he wisely maintained a calm and hopeful attitude. With the help and support of his parents, Jeff had sown seeds of faith that reaped a harvest of spiritual strength when he needed it most.

He handled it so well, his doctors asked him to counsel with other young cancer patients.

Likewise, my mother has endured four bouts of breast cancer over the past 18 years. But she has sown and nourished a lifetime of good seeds that continue to sustain and empower her to endure and live so gracefully.

May we all be so wise and live so abundantly through all of life’s seasons.

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