Seeding or Going to Seed

I sat out on my patio swing this evening and looked around at my roses turning brown , the leaves falling and my garden literally going to seed.   While I’m eager for autumn to come and with it warm jackets, stew bubbling in my hot pot and cooler temperatures during the day, I will miss the lazy days of summer.      Reminds me of the theme song from ‘Fiddler on the Roof–seedling turn overnight to sunflowers, blossoming even as we gaze.’  I am encouraged to read in 2 Corinthians 9:10 Message para. “This most generous God who gives seed to the farmer that becomes bread for your meals is more extravagant with you.  He gives you something you can then give away..”   With the passing seasons, nothing is ever lost.  Everything God gives keeps on giving and giving and giving.   I guess that’s the difference between seeding and going to seed.  God seeds and we seed others.  Without Hi we merely go to seed.

A few weeks ago I saw a homeless person outside a store ask a young woman for money.  The woman replied with a distinct attitude, “I don’t do that!” And I thought, how sad.  I wanted to tell the woman that she was missing out on the most rewarding aspect of humanity–giving seed to others.  There is no greater joy than to pass on the ‘seed’ God gives you to someone else.  What a charge!

When I pass by a homeless person without responding, I think of the story Jesus told about the ‘Good Samaritan’ and the two who passed by the injured man.  I wonder if the Samaritan felt the same joy I feel when I share with another  the generous supply of seed God has bestowed on me or was he so accustomed to giving to others, he dismissed it merely as ‘the right thing to do.’  Sometimes the right thing to do’ is also the most enjoyable.  Today I ask myself if I’m sharing the seed God has given me or am I just going to seed?

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