By Melissa Lauber

We create the changes that unfold in our world. Sometimes that’s for the best and sometimes it’s not.

“Do not be deceived. God is not mocked; for whatever a man sow, this he will also reap.” – Galatians 6:7

In the musical “The Fantastics,” the fathers sing: “plant a radish, get a radish, not a brussel sprout.”

Margaret Feinberg, in her book, “Scouting the Divine: My Search for God in Wine, Wool and Wild Honey,” delves deeper into this theme. She writes:

“There’s a lot at stake. If I could just get this one principle to take root in my heart, it would change the way I live – making me more intentional, move loving and wiser in the words I use and the actions I take. Though this Scripture principle induces a healthy amount of respect and fear, I believe it unleashes a much more powerful sense of hope. No wonder Paul concluded, “Let us not lose heart in doing good, for in due time we will reap if we do not grow weary. (6:9)

“When I embrace a life that is pleasing to God – one that chooses righteousness over being right, one that chooses kindness in the face of rejection, one that chooses love rather than silent withdrawal – something comes alive in my heart and in the hearts of my community. I may not see the fruits of such choices immediately, but there will come a day when the good fruit is harvested.”

Consider:

  • What specific things will you plant today to help grow disciples?
  • In the larger picture, how are the choices you’re making and the actions you’re sowing shaping your life and your community?

Today we pray for the people and ministries of the Connectional Table, which meets this evening.