Beginning well: practicing purposeful sowing

This past Sunday, the last of 2017, we took the time in worship to engage in the spiritual exercise of reflection.

  • When or where did I most see God?

  • Some of the things I learned are…

  • For what and for who am I truly grateful?

  • Something I really wrestled with was…

  • My 3 biggest obstacles and challenges were…

  • Who were the new people that came into my life this year?

  • Some of my achievements this year were…(These don’t necessarily have to be grand or spectacular-consider the little things too.)

We didn’t just hand out the paper with the 7 questions listed above. We also gave you a pen, asked you to specifically write down your responses, and then gave you five minutes to engage the exercise. Then we asked you to find someone and share some of your responses. This was purposeful and by design. Just as sitting on one’s Barcalounger and eating chips while watching some buff person in a commercial about exercising reaps no benefit neither does hearing someone talk about reflection actually help you do reflection.

In Galatians 6.7-10 Paul says, “You reap what you sow.” In life, we are always sowing something. In asking you to reflect, we were inviting you to sow with purpose; take time to be open to God and reflect on His presence in your life this past year as well as take time to be open to each other as you share your life experiences. In taking the time to look back we also then took a moment to consider 2018 and ask two other important questions;

  • What are your hopes and dreams for 2018?

  • What are God’s hopes and dreams for you in 2018?

Do you believe that God has hopes and dreams for you in this coming year? Paul invites his listeners to sow in two ways. The first is in sowing to please the Spirit. That begins by putting yourself in a position to be in tune with the Spirit – thus our practice this past Sunday. It also includes understanding that you have been given gifts and skills by the Spirit. Sowing to please the Spirit is both recognizing this truth and putting these gifts and skills into purposeful practice at home, at work or at school. The second is in sowing good. Paul re-emphasis his point of reaping and sowing by especially encouraging us in this area: “Do not become weary in doing good for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.” Here the sowing of good is all encompassing, doing good to all people and especially to the family of believers, all the time. This is the beginning of God’s hopes and dreams for you. As we stand at the precipice of a new year, we invite you to be purposeful and intentional in how you live by following this simple principle of sowing and reaping.

How will you sow to please the Spirit in 2018? How will you sow good each day, wherever you are?

JK

This past Sunday, the last of 2017, we took the time in worship to engage in the spiritual exercise of reflection.

  • When or where did I most see God?

  • Some of the things I learned are…

  • For what and for who am I truly grateful?

  • Something I really wrestled with was…

  • My 3 biggest obstacles and challenges were…

  • Who were the new people that came into my life this year?

  • Some of my achievements this year were…(These don’t necessarily have to be grand or spectacular-consider the little things too.)

We didn’t just hand out the paper with the 7 questions listed above. We also gave you a pen, asked you to specifically write down your responses, and then gave you five minutes to engage the exercise. Then we asked you to find someone and share some of your responses. This was purposeful and by design. Just as sitting on one’s Barcalounger and eating chips while watching some buff person in a commercial about exercising reaps no benefit neither does hearing someone talk about reflection actually help you do reflection.

In Galatians 6.7-10 Paul says, “You reap what you sow.” In life, we are always sowing something. In asking you to reflect, we were inviting you to sow with purpose; take time to be open to God and reflect on His presence in your life this past year as well as take time to be open to each other as you share your life experiences. In taking the time to look back we also then took a moment to consider 2018 and ask two other important questions;

  • What are your hopes and dreams for 2018?

  • What are God’s hopes and dreams for you in 2018?

Do you believe that God has hopes and dreams for you in this coming year? Paul invites his listeners to sow in two ways. The first is in sowing to please the Spirit. That begins by putting yourself in a position to be in tune with the Spirit – thus our practice this past Sunday. It also includes understanding that you have been given gifts and skills by the Spirit. Sowing to please the Spirit is both recognizing this truth and putting these gifts and skills into purposeful practice at home, at work or at school. The second is in sowing good. Paul re-emphasis his point of reaping and sowing by especially encouraging us in this area: “Do not become weary in doing good for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.” Here the sowing of good is all encompassing, doing good to all people and especially to the family of believers, all the time. This is the beginning of God’s hopes and dreams for you. As we stand at the precipice of a new year, we invite you to be purposeful and intentional in how you live by following this simple principle of sowing and reaping.

How will you sow to please the Spirit in 2018? How will you sow good each day, wherever you are?

JK