“Thus says the Lord of hosts, the God of Israel, to all the exiles whom I have sent into exile from Jerusalem to Babylon, ‘Build houses and live in them; and plant gardens…~Jeremiah 29:4-5
In order for something to grow it has to be 1) planted and 2) tended over time. As we live in each moment as it comes, we should be aware of the seeds we are planting. Every decision we make is a seed in that it leads to another decision. Eventually, decisions become habits and habits become lifestyle choices. When we are in the habit of being consciously aware of the opportunities in front of us, we start to realize the weight of our choices. We begin to see down the road a little more clearly.
Not only should we be aware of the seeds we are planting, we should also pay attention to what is growing inside of us. Are we allowing allowing that incident from the other day to turn into bitterness? Are the lies from last week replaying in our heads? Are we fostering an atmosphere of love? Do our lives paint a picture of peace, patience, and joy?
Planting a garden is not something done haphazardly on the spur of the moment. Yes, we need to be present within the moment but we also need to realize how this moment will affect the next. Slow down. Think about the seeds you are sowing for yourself and planting in others.
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law. ~Galatians 5:22
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