“Those pink bachelor’s buttons aren’t going to plant themselves,” I said to myself.

Well, actually, they’ve been doing just that for more than ten years. The color was a little unusual for bachelor’s buttons. The most common color is blue, while a few others are pink or white. For some reason, I have a great gene pool of these lovely annuals that seed themselves.

Dark purple-plum is another of the unusual colors that grace the garden.

This dark pink one, however, is always a nice, compact form that grows only 2 feet tall instead of a gangly three or four feet like the others. It has been admired often, and I’ve shared the seeds with quite a few people.

For the past few winters, I’ve also helped organize a seed swap for the local gardeners. We often look at sharing seeds and plants as a type of insurance. If weather, bugs, or disease kills off our favorites, we will have a resource to add them back to our gardens.

Our family has had the privilege to have shared some cannas back to an elderly gentleman who lost all of his during a very cold winter. We were in another state by then, and knew that the roots would need to be protected against frost in Pennsylvania. When we moved from there to Oklahoma, we stopped in Illinois and dropped off a couple boxes full of cannas with Mr. Orville. It did our hearts good to see his smile!

Recipes for family favorites are another thing. Our daughter found a recipe for potato salad online, and shared it with me, saying “Someone found our secret family recipe!” I must admit that I was a little dismayed. The only person so far who has recognized this potato salad was a Polish immigrant who exclaimed, “This is just like my Mama made it!”

Admittedly, I replicated the recipe from a sample of potato salad we purchased twenty-three years ago in an obscure deli in the Midwest. My family loves it, but not very many other people do. And I’m not keen on sharing the recipe!

Sharing these things would also be good “insurance” in case of loss. In fact, I wish I had shared a cheesecake recipe more, because at this moment I cannot put my finger on it.

Do we look at our faith as if it were insurance? How many people claim a faith in Christ, but don’t live it? It is simply part of their plan for the afterlife, just in case the Bible turns out to be true.

Well, insurance doesn’t work that way in spiritual matters. Elijah told the Israelites to stop using the true God this way.

“Elijah came near to all the people and said, ‘How long will you hesitate between two opinions? If the Lord is God, follow Him; but if Baal, follow him’” (1 Kings 18:21, NASB).

Elijah then proceeded to prove beyond a shadow of a doubt that Jehovah was God. But the people still went back and forth between a proven faith and whatever tickled their ears.

If we consult our horoscopes, knock on wood for luck, and subscribe to every wind of doctrine that sounds good at the time, will our “religion insurance” save us in the end?

Like sharing my plants and seeds, we won’t have something return to us if we don’t grow it ourselves. Do you grow your faith, or just keep it in a safety-deposit box as “insurance?”

You don’t want to find out too late that your insurance policy was worthless!

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