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11 March 2002 @ 07:32 am
The world in a seed...  
I have been a Christian for over 30 years now. In that time, I've heard thousands of sermons and attended many retreats and seminars. I remember not wanting to attend last year's men's retreat. I was discouraged. I had heard all these messages and very little had made a difference in my life!

The emphasis of last weekend's retreat was The Hope of God's Call. Our speaker, Norm Wakefield, gave us much to be hopeful about!

One thing that he said which made a lot of sense was that every teaching that we hear comes to us in seed form. In the natural, if we take a packet of seeds and put it on the shelf, it will not be likely to produce anything for us, no matter how good those seeds are. If, however, we take those seeds and put them into prepared soil, and water and weed the plot, then we will quite likely get some results after some time. If the seeds are from a fruit, we might even get some fruit to eat and enjoy!

When we hear a message, no matter how good, if we just put it on the shelves of our mind, it will do us very little good and we will probably be discouraged that no change has occurred in our lives. If we take that message home with us and cultivate it by meditating on it and praying about it until it is a part of our lives, then we are likely to see some good fruit in our lives at some point.
Current Mood: contemplativecontemplative
Mrs. Basil E. Frankweilerdixie on March 11th, 2002 06:30 am (UTC)
"faith as small as a mustard seed". . .exactly.
Fezziwig Fandangobandicoot on March 11th, 2002 11:15 am (UTC)
Yeah. To make anything happen, you gotta do the work ;)
Garygdj on March 11th, 2002 11:37 am (UTC)
True, true. Our speaker made a joke about that. He said that he's really not a gardener and when he sees a packet of seeds, he only sees the letters W O R K across the front and he can never get excited about the process. Of course, he was not recommending that, if we want to get the benefits!
lusciouswife on March 11th, 2002 03:03 pm (UTC)
I struggle with a form of this quite a bit.

I don't think so much that ideas come into my life in seed form, but that God, Karma, The Greater Power shoves people through my life in seed form.

It's not that these people need me, not at all.

It's that The Greater Power (bless its pointy little head) intends to use me as a tool of some sort.

(Heh, she said tool. She is a tool. She said so...)

"Show this person how to organize a family."
"Help this person see her good qualities."
"Warn that person about the practical pitfalls involved in that behavior."
"Whoa! THAT'S not right! Somebody's gonna get hurt if that keeps up!"

Sometimes I feel really selfish about it; why me? until I remember that I learn something too- there's a message in there for me, also.

Sometimes I get really really *really* tired of it, and I wish God/Karma/Whoever would cut me a freakin' break. "Oh, GREAT! Another Growth Opportunity!"

I feel like I'm moved about a giant chessboard, like a pawn in service to the King, and I wonder when I'm going to get mine for all the crap for which I am used.

Then I take overall stock of my life and realize how very fortunate I am...

...and if I'm really tired, I take a nap.

Then I feel better. =)

Don't know why, just wanted to share that, it's been knocking around in my head for some time.
Garygdj on March 12th, 2002 04:38 am (UTC)
I'm sure you realize that the very fact you are able to give to others, means you have been and are being blessed yourself.

I can understand your need for a nap too! :-)
lusciouswife on March 13th, 2002 02:54 am (UTC)
That is a very good point, and gets right to the heart of the matter. =)
Thank you!

P.S. I think one of the reasons that I get tired and need naps is because it pains me to see any gift or blessing wasted. I spend a lot of energy making the most of any opportunity that comes my way (well, I try, anyway).

In that I am, indeed, very blessed, I'm also (usually) very tired!
nativeborn on March 11th, 2002 09:52 pm (UTC)
Thank you for posting this Gary. Boy that hits home and how true it is!