Some folks grow old gracefully while others become grouchy and ill-tempered. It’s important to know which way we’re growing, because we’re all growing older.
People don’t get irritable and short-tempered merely because they’re getting older. Aging doesn’t have to make us hypercritical and cranky. No, it’s more like that we’ve become what we’ve been becoming all along.
Paul wrote: “He who sows to this flesh will … reap corruption, but he who sows to the Spirit will … reap everlasting life” (Galatians 6:8). Those who pander (indulge weaknesses) to self-interest and think only of themselves are sowing seeds that will produce a harvest of misery in themselves and in others. On the other hand, those who love God and care for others are sowing seeds that, in time, will yield a harvest of joy.
S. Lewis put it this way: “Every time you make a choice you are turning the central part of you, the part of you that chooses, into something a little different from what it was before.” We can choose to submit our wills to God each day, asking Him to give us strength to live for Him and for others. As He works in us, we will grow in grace and in kindness.
So the question we need to ask ourselves is: Which way am I growing? – David Roper
Surer than autumn’s harvests
Are harvests of thought and deed;
Like those that our hands have planted,
The yield will be like the seed. – Harris
The seeds we sow today determine the kind of fruit we’ll reap tomorrow.
- March 31, Vol. 14, Our Daily Bread