January 3

TODAY IS…

the right day to plant your Spiritual Garden.

“Farmers who wait for perfect weather never plant. If they watch every cloud, they never harvest.”  Ecclesiastes 11:4 NLT

Waiting for perfect conditions to tend to the gardens of our spiritual lives will result in inactivity and will delay the blessings the Lord has reserved for us.

We cannot wait for the perfect time to plant the seeds that will grow and mature into a ‘crop’ of spiritual well-being. If we do, there will always be an excuse for delay and another reason for the inaction that will leave our spiritual gardens barren and bereft of the magnificent color and vibrancy that come from an abundant crop of God’s peace, joy, and love. Other fruit of God’s garden include “…patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control…” (Galatians 5:22-23a NLT).

Filling our Spiritual Gardens with beautiful, life-giving crops such as these will force out the ‘weeds’ and other useless crops that invade – and eventually take over – untended gardens. These life-choking ‘weeds’ include “…sexual immorality, impurity, lustful pleasures…” (Galatians 5:19 NLT) and other undesirable crops such as “…hostility, jealousy, outbursts of anger” (Galatians 5:20 NLT) as well as many others that not only do not nourish us spiritually, but actually make us weaker and even more susceptible to spiritual disease and decay.

For many of us, the time to plant never arrives because how to plant gets in the way. Fortunately, the Holy Bible is not only the ‘gardening manual’, but it also contains all of the ‘seeds’ we will need to plant an abundantly beautiful and life-sustaining Spiritual Garden that will not only nourish and sustain ourselves, but will provide the same thing for those around us as well.

If there is any question in anyone’s mind as to when to plant, the time is now, so pick up your ‘manual’ and begin planting the many wonderful types of ‘seeds’ you will find within it. Before you know it, your own Spiritual Garden will stretch beautifully before you wherever you look.

“At just the right time we will reap a harvest of blessing if we don’t give up.” (Galatians 6:9b NLT).

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Taken from “TODAY IS….A Gift From God”, (C) 2013 Tony Casson

About Tony Casson

" For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope." (Jeremiah 29:11 NLT)
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