What Are You Planting?

By: D. A. Slinkard

Many people are trapped in their daily lives, overcome by the inability to think positively. Too many people only think negatively. It is such an easy thing to think negatively that many people do not know how to be positive. It has been my experience that it is much easier to be negative than it is to be positive because trying to be positive in the world we live in can take a lot of work. It takes the kind of work that many people are not willing to put in, but we reap what we sow.

I constantly question how many lives have been destroyed because of negative thinking. How many times have people given up, given in, or not even tried to succeed because they had already planted the seeds of negativity and doubt? Thinking negatively is a mentality that hinders so many people, leaving them unable to conquer the things that matter most to them.

I find comfort and joy in Galatians 6:7 which states, “…for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.” I grew up on a small farm in southeast Missouri and my dad would grow corn. It never failed that the crops my dad sowed were the same crops we reaped. There was never a point in time in which my dad planted corn and we harvested soybeans. There was never a point in time when my dad planted corn and the field produced cotton. The field always produced exactly what my dad planted.

Our lives are like the fields of the farmer. The thoughts we think are just like the seedlings that are planted and what we do in our life — our thoughts, actions, etc. — will determine how the crop grows. If we sow negative thoughts, we need to realize we are going to reap negative factors in our lives. If we sow positive thoughts, we need to realize we are going to reap positive factors. We reap what we sow. Even though this concept is elementary, too often we need to be reminded of it in our lives.

What we allow into our mind, what we allow into our heart, what we allow into our speech — it all impacts what we reap in our lives. What we allow in is like nutrients for the crops; will we have good nutrients, or will we allow the weeds set into our lives to choke out any positive results that could happen? The choice is ours to make, but just like the farmer needs to tend to his field, we are going to need to tend to what we are sowing in our mind, heart, and body.

If we sow good things, then we can expect good results, and likewise, if we sow bad things, we need not blame anyone else for our struggles. We do hold the destiny for what we allow into our lives, and we cannot fail to hold ourselves accountable for the results we get. We also must be prepared to weather the storm. It takes time for the crops to grow in the field; we cannot plant our positive seeds today and expect to reap them tomorrow. It is going to take time for our lives to change, and while we are waiting for the harvest, we need to ensure we are providing proper nutrients to obtain the results we desire.

Galatians 6:9 states, “And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.” We need to persevere until the end, and we see God’s Word tell us we shall reap if we faint not. Life is going to be tough; life is going to be hard. But just because life gets a little tougher, it does not mean we throw in the towel. Just because life does not go our way 100 percent of the time, it does not mean we give up. We must keep on nurturing our minds, nurturing our thoughts, nurturing our hearts.

The more we plant positive seeds, the easier it will be to see a positive harvest in our lives. Eventually, over time the negative, nasty, calloused soil will become fertile for positivity in our life. The more we plant positive thoughts, the more we cultivate our mindset to remove the negativity, and the more our lives will change. We cannot forget we reap what we sow. It takes work, it will not be easy, but will all be worth it.

By: D. A. Slinkard

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