One of my little garden groups is having a seed swap! By the time you read this, I will be the proud owner of many new seeds. There is absolutely no room in my already overgrown and crowded garden beds for them, but that has never stopped me in my plant-collecting hobby, now has it?
As I finish collecting my spare seeds from random packets and Ziploc bags, and from my plants and trees, I am really looking forward to sharing my extra seeds. We will be having a potluck brunch and generally sharing our love for the dirt and having fun! My contribution is mere bird feed compared to the mounds that my friends will bring. Come to think of it, since the finches already picked over my seeds while they were on the plants, “bird feed” is a good term to use.
The process of collecting these little specks of garden hopes and dreams gave me a chance to think about the seeds I have been planting in other ways.
Whether we are conscious of it or not, we are all planting seeds every day, throughout our short lives.
There is a person where I work who plants seeds of negativity all around him. We all avoid him as much as possible, because we don’t want him planting seeds of self-doubt or discouragement in our minds as we work to meet our quotas.
As a mom, I constantly struggle between the awareness that my job is to correct, and the need to keep a positive, joyful atmosphere in the home. Believe me, it isn’t easy. If I had a better seed stash, I might have done better. The need for seeds is so critical! These days I am making more of an effort to surround myself with people who can share their spiritual good seed with me, so that I can have more to share with others.
Even one’s countenance plants seeds. My mother was a lovely lady who wore a smile seemingly all the time. It planted a seed of joy in my heart as a young child, and I will always be thankful for the fruits that followed. I sure hope I’m sharing those seeds freely!
So our seeds could just be a smile, which could start up a whole garden full of nice emotions and character traits. You know the type of people who make you feel good all day after a short time with them? They plant good emotions, and those feelings grow. Feelings become kind actions as they are cultivated. These fruits will bear more of the same when shared and received.
The events and attitudes surrounding us can also plant seeds of sorrow, anger, or frustration. We can let those little seeds grow into fruits of bitterness, hatred, and despair. Or we can cut them down as the emotional weeds that they truly are, and literally cultivate the fruit of the Spirit (Galatians 5:22). Let me tell you, weeding is a tough business!
“For the fruit of the Light consists in all goodness and righteousness and truth, trying to learn what is pleasing to the Lord. Do not participate in the unfruitful deeds of darkness, but instead even expose them” (Ephesians 5:9-11, NASB).
Whether deeds or seeds, we must be careful what we plant.
My little weedpatch out back may not be the garden of my dreams, but I’m collecting seeds for a better result in 2012. Good seeds only!