Sowing Generously

Have you seen this movie?

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It’s the one where Tim Allen and Kirstie Alley (hard-core New Yorkers) pretend to be Amish cousins at a remote farm to avoid going to jail for tax evasion.  One of my all-time favs as far as comedies go.

Anyway, there is this scene in the movie where Tim Allen is put in charge of planting an entire field with one of these……

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Clearly……Tim Allen has never done this before.  In fact he’s terrible at it.  And he complains the entire time.  But, he is given the seeds to plant and the tools to plant them so he’s pretty much out of excuses.  Not to mention the survival of this entire farm depends on him getting these seeds in the ground.  Amazingly, the field ends up looking like this…..

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I think you see where I’m going with this. 

“Remember this: Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously.  Each man should give what he has decided in his heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.” – 1 Cor 9:6-7

Is there a place in your life where you are sowing sparingly?  Why?  Here are some possible reasons:

-Fear

-Apathy

-Busyness

-Frustration

-Disappointment

-Selfishness

-Hurt

– ________________ (you fill in the blank)

If you find yourself sowing sparingly, then reverse that and sow generously.  BUT WAIT……notice what the 2nd part of that verse said…

“….not reluctantly or under compulsion……”

Trying harder to be less apathetic, selfish, hurt, frustrated, etc is not the point here.  You sow EVERYTHING sparingly when you sow it without genuineness in your heart.  o.u.c.h.

So let’s ask the question again…….is there a place in your life where you’re sowing sparingly?

I pray that God will show me these places.  I don’t want the spiritual harvest in my life and the lives that I encounter to look like this….

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I want it to look like this!

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Invest your heart into whatever you’re doing and whoever you’re with.  It’s not wasted effort.  Someday you will see your harvest either way.

 

 

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  1. Brooke Manolis

     /  February 1, 2013

    I absolutely love this! I needed it something fierce. I love you chicky.

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