Facebook is such a phenomenal tool. With it, you can keep in touch with friends and family all day long, learning about what they ate, their freeway experiences, their hopes, dreams and frustrations. You can be a part of their entrepreneurial ventures, launch parties and see proof that what happens in Vegas really should stay. But it’s when I read the word, “sigh” that I know someone is having an undesirable day. When I read that such and such “is,” I understand that person MAY be experiencing some degree of ambivalence. Well…after probing a little with those individuals, I have found that many people feel stuck, thus the “sigh” and “is” comments. They don’t quite know where to go and they are embarrassed by the thought that they don’t really know what they are doing with their lives. (Since we are all grown and stuff). They’re simply living from day to day. So yesterday, I posted this:
“…sometimes you have to make a list of the seeds you’ve sown and jot down anything related to it that blossoms. In that way, you can watch the harvest come forth like a real Farmer would and you’ll know when it’s time to collect the goods. Then and only then will you know that what you are doing is NOT in vain. Blessings = process!”
The conversations that ensued thereafter were rich especially after having done it myself. It was rewarding to write down every seed currently in the ground (that I have sown), seeds that are germinating and waiting to blossom.
“Behold, a sower went out to sow. And as he sowed, some seed fell by the wayside; and the birds came and devoured them. Some fell on stony places, where they did not have much earth; and they immediately sprang up because they had no depth of earth. But when the sun was up they were scorched, and because they had no root they withered away. And some fell among thorns, and the thorns sprang up and choked them. But others fell on good ground and yielded a crop: some a hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty. “ Matthew 13:3-8.
I then began to make mental note of WHO it is that is helping to water the seeds that I planted.
“I planted, Apollos watered, but God gave the increase. So then neither he who plants is anything, nor he who waters, but God who gives the increase. Now he who plants and he who waters are one, and each one will receive his own reward according to his own labor.” 1 Corinthians 3:6-8.
So…here’s the good news. You have sown some seeds…I dare you to find them. All you need to do is sit down and think about what they are. And it may very well be that they have dried up from the lack of TLC, after all, soil needs tilling and proper care. Nonetheless, you have sown seeds. Then…think about who it is that is helping to water that seed (s). Water meaning: provide resources (monetary, referrals, encouraging words, etc…). Who is it that said to you, “If you need anything just give me a call,” and you didn’t call because you didn’t want to bother them? There may be several people…but make note. Who is your Apollos? Who is watering your seeds to help you bring forth the increase that is undoubtedly intended by God.
Let me tell you…doing that exercise blessed my little soul. It helped me understand that I’m not just spinning my wheels and I needed to know that. I have sown some seeds more than 12 years ago and the soil around them has been kept moist for all of these years – mainly because people actually believe (based on what I’ve sown) that the seeds actually do have an enormous fruit content in them. As a result of that belief they have in MY seeds, they contribute by making sure that the soil stays rich and supple (with inquiries and unlimited resources) while waiting for the harvest.
Well…I think that’s it! The answer to the, “What Am I Doing With My Life” question lies in the seeds. Find them. Put your gardening gloves on and replant if you have to. Just know that some of the work has already been done. It’s just waiting for you to embrace it.