As a teacher, I once took a course to add driver’s education to my teaching certificate. We were taught never to look directly over the right or left fender because it caused over-correction. Instead, we were instructed to focus down the road, which would eliminate weaving back and forth.
Keeping our eyes on our final destination can also benefit our spiritual walk. Just as there are two types of sowing, there are also two kinds of reaping. One type leads to death, while the other leads to eternal life.
The problem is that we often view the law from a worldly perspective rather than an eternal one. We can give love and receive hate in this world. We can give, and people only continue to take. We can forgive, and the people we have forgiven continue to showcase our sins. Sowing and reaping do not always happen in real-time, but in God’s time. Sometimes, reaping does occur in this world, but often it may not until we are in heaven.
Galatians 6:9 warns us, “Let us not lose heart in doing good, for in due time we will reap if we do not grow weary” (NASB). Unfortunately, when we view sowing and reaping as cause and effect, we lose heart and tire of doing good if we do not reap immediately. Then we begin sowing to the flesh, which is always a downward trajectory.
You may be weary of well-doing. I’ve been there, done that. But it is always too soon to quit. God has promised that in time, we will receive our reward. Some will reap in this world while others will do so in the next, but it will be even more glorious if it is in heaven.
How can you keep discouragement away while you sow and reap?
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Ken Barnes has had a twenty-five year career in educational pursuits. He has taught in various public and private schools in Pennsylvania, Hawaii, and Virginia. He also worked for seventeen years with Youth With A Mission as a school leader, recruiter, and director. Ken holds a Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction from Virginia Commonwealth University. He is the author of The Chicken Farm and Other Sacred Places. He currently is a speaker, blogger, and freelance writer. Ken lives with his wife Sharon in Mechanicsville, Virginia. Visit Ken at https://sites.google.com/site/kenbarnesbooksite/