REFLECTION: Reap what you sow…

Have you wondered whether you’ve been given a bad hand in life?  Perhaps the thought has crossed your mind one time or another when multiple events fail to go your way and you seem to be “swimming” upstream on a constant basis.  When our lives begin to fall apart, I wonder how many of us immediately blame others, life in general and/or God rather than engage in reflection, discerning whether we have contributed to our problems.

Have you noticed that the sayings “What goes around, comes around.” and “You reap what you sow” indicate a direct correlation between what we say, do and think with what we receive in life?  Although we may not want to admit it, whatever we engage in and how we treat others will eventually have an effect on us.

How many of us ponder over how we treat others?  Many focus on the alternate, where we examine how others treat us, but much can be gained when we examine how we treat others.

Colossians 3:5-9 teaches…”Put to death therefore what is earthly in you: immorality, impurity, passion, evil desire, and covetousness, which is idolatry…  In these you once walked, when you lived in them…  But now put them all away: anger, wrath, malice, slander and foul talk from your mouth.  Do not lie to one another…”

Why are we encouraged to stay away from “immorality, impurity, passion, evil desire and covetousness”?  Why are we taught to put away “anger, wrath, malice, slander, foul talk and lying”?  Does St. Paul, the author, have anything to gain by keeping us away from these?  Likewise, did God give us the 10 Commandments so that He could have more for Himself ?  Were the 10 Commandments given to prevent man from having fun?  My answer to all these is “no”.  Does keeping one’s distance from “immorality, impurity, passion, evil desire and covetousness” take away from the “enjoyment” in anyone’s life?  Perhaps temporarily, as the momentary blissful high takes place.  But what happens afterwards when the “high” fades and reality sets in?  Are the consequential costs of guilt, self-loath and confusion worth it?  As one awakens to reality and realizes what he/she had engaged in, how does the individual treat those around him/her?  Do “anger, wrath, malice, slander, foul talk and lying” not come into play?  So why did God give man the 10 Commandments?  Is it not to prevent man from harming himself and those he loves?

Colossians 3:12 – 16 continues with…Put on then, as God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassion, kindness, lowliness, meekness and patience, forbearing one another and if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other, as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive.  And over all these put on love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony. And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body.  And be thankful. Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, as you teach and admonish one another in wisdom… And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.”

Isn’t it interesting that St. Paul has chosen to use the verb to “put on” as he encourages us to embrace these positive traits?  I asked the Father “Why?” and I sensed Him answer “Free will.”.  These traits don’t readily fall upon us, but we are given the grace to “pick them up and put them on”.  They are characteristics which we are given the choice to wear and apply EVEN when everything else around us is falling apart.  Just as when we put on fresh, clean clothes when we are cut and bruised, the process may be difficult and can be painful, but the end result does us good.

St. Paul also encourages us to “let the word of Christ dwell in us richly”.  Why? “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, says the Lord.  For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.” Isaiah 55:8-9 In his second letter to Timothy, St. Paul explains that “All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.” 2 Timothy 3:16-17

So…  how has life been treating you?  May we all reap the good which we have sown.

God bless,

Melissa – October 18, 2011

2 Responses to “REFLECTION: Reap what you sow…”

  1. In His Time says:

    Eva Lehoczky to me (October 18, 2011 – 9:27 p.m.)

    Absolutely beautiful teaching, Melissa! Many thanks for sending it to me!
    May God bless you and yours!
    Eva

  2. Alba says:

    DEAR MELISSA and sister in Jesus’ love…

    I want to say that I feel blessed to know you… there are ‘funny’ and strange ways in how God put people together… remember?

    I want to tell you that I truly appreciate all your emails… and I really enjoyed this one!!

    Blessing to you!

    Alba

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