By Grace Young
Sowing Into Your Future
In my life, I have found it very easy to make myself busy. I’ve squandered my energy and effort into things that did not enrich my relationship with myself, with God, or with my art. I have realized through several experiences that what I choose to do with the time I have is so unbelievably important.
It’s all too easy to forget this simple truth: when we spend time doing something, we improve at it. Whether we are working on achieving a personal goal, trying to grow in our faith, or just becoming the best version of ourselves that we could be, it all takes time, and it all takes practice. Every time that you sit down with your bible or close out the world to spend some time with the Father, you are sowing into your relationship with Him. When you pick up your paintbrush, your guitar, your notebook; whatever it may be, you are sowing into your talents and abilities—even your future with them.
Picture your time as a seed. You can place it wherever you want to, and you have the freedom to do so. However, we cannot forget that our time is precious and the seeds are few. We can’t take this immense, beautifully gracious time on earth for granted.
The thing about discipline is, it is not always easy to follow through on. Sometimes the last thing we want to do is work for what we want. However, these are the things that God uses to help us become fruitful and prosperous. We must not forget that when we allow Christ to live through us, and totally rely on Him for strength and direction, He will see His will be done. When the notes don’t sound right, when the picture doesn’t come out clear, and when the words in the scriptures don’t make sense to you, keep going. Keep trying. It is not going to be easy, but it will be so worth it.
Don’t waste your seeds. Sow into your future and into what is eternally important, and your identity in Jesus will start to clarify. You have a very important calling placed upon your life.
“I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you,
you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.” — John 15:5