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Here is the Daily Dose for Wednesday, July 29, 2020.
Peacemakers who sow in peace reap a harvest of righteousness. James 3:18
In The Garden
My wife has taken up gardening as a hobby. It isn’t really my thing, but she loves it and is quite good at it. What she especially loves is showing off her crops. My wife will take anyone that visits our home out to see her crops. She shows them the tomatoes, the peppers, the mint, and the rosemary. She will give people tomatoes right off the vine so they can see how fresh they are, and gather fresh spices to show people how much better food is with natural ingredients. It is fun to watch her show off her accomplishments.
While visitors are typically impressed with what she shows them, they never get to see the whole garden story. While they see the finished product, what they don’t get to see is the bags of soil drug in from the car. They don’t get to see the days of waiting for the seeds to turn into the smallest of sprouts. They don’t see the careful changing of soil, moving of pots, and frantic runs into storms to make sure the most delicate of her crops don’t get destroyed by the weather. In short, people get to see the results, but they rarely get to see what was necessary to reap the harvest.
Friends, what I have learned from my wife’s garden is, a harvest always requires work. When you plant seeds, you can’t set it and forget it. You have to tend them, nurture them, and protect them as they grow. If you are going to plant seeds of peace to get a harvest of righteousness, you are going to have to protect your peace, nurture your peace, and guard your peace. This means that when something threatens your peace, you have to get rid of it because you can’t risk your harvest. So every day, check your garden. Make sure your seeds of peace are well cared for. That way, in due time, you can show off your harvest of righteousness.