“The seeds of good deeds become a tree of life; a wise person wins friends.”
It’s planting season.
Despite our piles of snow and the cool weather, spring is indeed -er, springing. It’s slow. It’s crawling in at a snail’s pace. But it’s on its way.
Hence the seeds.
Seeds are so amazing.
They are the complete package. Inside each dried up, shrivelled package is an embryo – all that is needed to produce a wee miniature version of its parent.
Each seed is pre-programmed to do its thing in exactly the way every other seed of its kind has since time immemorial. Some germinate quickly. Others take months. Some like cool temps, others prefer warm soil and humidity. Each will germinate, root, grow, and reproduce in a specific way. You want zucchinis?
Plant a zucchini seed.
It’s simple, really.
And if you want good friends and strong relationships and healthy interactions with others, you need the right seeds.
Mary, Mary – or whatever your name might be – how does your garden grow?
As in, what are you planting in your life?
See, our actions are a little like seeds. When we practice good things – acts of kindness and compassion, a solid work ethic, acting out of integrity – we are planting something that the book of Proverbs declares will end up as a ‘tree of life’. Those day to day decisions that you don’t think matter much? They are becoming the seeds of habits and choices and character that can establish something beautiful, healthy, and beneficial.
Which implies the opposite is also true.
We can choose to plant weeds. Thistles, with their stubborn prickles. Quack grass, with their super-spreader root system. Chickweed, with their impossibly prolific seed production capabilities.
Ick. Not what we’d like in our inner garden, to be sure.
It’s up to you.
Plant some seeds that will grow into a tree of life with me?
Father, You have designed us with the power of choice. You gave us guidelines for healthy living in Your Word. Help us to plant good seeds of kindness, humility, patience, and love into our lives. Water our efforts with Your grace and grow us into something beautiful! Amen.