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On Planting Seeds


Do you ever wonder if the work you are doing is important? I mean really important? Like life changing important?

Sometimes I find myself wondering, "Is what I am doing making any difference in this world?".

I teach my children to read [2], teach them long division [3], to love the Lord and their fellow man. I greet the person sitting alone at church [4], give the homeless man on the corner a sandwich, and donate monthly to a child in Africa.

But am I really making a difference?

Sometimes the things I do seem so small, so insignificant.

On planting seeds

And then I get this in my inbox with the above photo attached.

You might not remember sending me this book years ago when my marriage was in shambles, but I wanted to thank you again for it. God used it to encourage me to seek holiness and then happiness followed. We celebrated our (big number) anniversary with our (lots of) children. I pulled this out this week just to reread it because it was just that encouraging. Thanks again! (Details omitted to protect privacy.)

I am not sharing this with you so I can pat myself on the back. I am sharing to encourage you in each small act of service you do.

It makes a difference.

I don't remember how much time I took corresponding with the woman above, encouraging her in her marriage struggles. 10 minutes? 30 minutes? I can't remember how long I spent at the post office mailing her the book. Or did I send it directly from Amazon?

It was such a tiny part of myself that I offered.

A seed.

"I planted the seed, Apollos watered it, but God has been making it grow. So neither the one who plants nor the one who waters is anything, but only God, who makes things grow. The one who plants and the one who waters have one purpose, and they will each be rewarded according to their own labor. For we are co-workers in God’s service…" (1 Cor. 3:6-9)

You don't have to be the president of a company, or even an advisor to the president to be serving The King.

Plant those seeds. It matters.