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What Will You Sow?
by One Voice Worship on January 5th, 2015

Whew.  When I sought the Lord to give me some encouragement this morning, a “word” if you will, after a much-needed 13-day break from the plow I tend during the day, I should have known He would not only deliver but do so in ridiculous proportion.  It’s almost comical!  This morning’s devotional from Lysa TerKeurst was titled “Dealing With Daily Frustrations”.  Ha!  Not only was I encouraged, but I was also convicted.  Here’s a recap:

“But the seed on good soil stands for those with a noble and good heart, who hear the word, retain it, and by persevering, produce a crop.”  (Luke 8:15, NIV).

My sprit was pricked with these questions:
  • Do my reactions to daily frustrations display Godly character and reflect a heart that loves Him?  Is my life running at an unhealthy pace that doesn’t allow me to stop and consider my reactions?
  • Am I willing to honor God and obediently serve Him where I am on the trajectory of pursuing my future?
  • How much frustration with the present will it take to truly motivate me to make the necessary decisions for changing my future? 
Ouch.  Yeah, that hurts a little.  Ok, a LOT.  Let’s be honest; my responses to daily frustrations (and obligations) could use a LOT of work, especially in seasons of discontent and transition.  Enough said.

And I don’t always choose to honor God where I am in the present.  My spirit hungers for something different, something more.  Longing for that which I was created to do; for the materialization of that to which I was called when I was 16 years old.  It’s been a long journey of preparation ever since that spring revival call, and at the age of 38, my spirit is restless.  I’m easily distracted from obedience in the present by aspirations of the future.  It’s easy to strive for what’s to come, neglecting responsibilities and obligations in the present that require attention and resolution in order to transition into the next season of life.  Yet I’m called to honor God where I am today on the journey of preparation just as much as I am once I reach my destination.  Obedience isn’t exclusive to the future over the present….

Rather, obedience is a daily choice, both now AND in the future.  With God’s help, I CAN be obedient to bring Him glory in the daily grind, in spite of daily frustrations, in spite of discontent, while I actively pursue my life’s calling.  And discontent and frustration therein can be worked for good when they are viewed as a catalyst and motivator towards making the future a reality.  They can be valuable indicators of the depth of my passion and commitment to my calling.  And, they can drive me to God’s Word for the inpouring of wisdom and strength for daily living, and for the outpouring of creativity and inspiration through the use of my gifts and talents.

“But the seed on good soil stands for those with a noble and good heart, who hear the word, retain it, and by persevering, produce a crop.”  (Luke 8:15, NIV).

It’s all comes down to choosing what seeds to sow.  Choosing how to respond. Choosing to be obedient where I am. Choosing my perspective. Choosing to reflect His character. Choosing how to manage my time. Choosing how to steward my resources.  Choosing God over myself every time.

What will YOU choose to sow today? 

Leave a comment and share what God is calling you to sow for His glory through your life!

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