you reap what you sowRepost from November 2010

As a youngster, I heard what seemed like all the adults I knew quote me this line: “Just remember, you reap what you sow!”

I was one of those kids who all caring adults tried to give a bit of advice, in order to save me from some future grief. Some personalities read like a billboard sign… I understood their point, but I was too busy reaping to pay too much attention. So I reaped whatever met my fancy.

That reaping was fun stuff until it was time for me to sow. The sowing? Well, let’s just say it was full of regret and learning. Some of us learn easier than others.

I was at one of my best friend’s surprise birthday party this last week. Typical of all get-togethers of old friends or family, it is a stroll down memory lane. Some lanes I’ve forgotten all about. Maybe selectively? I was reminded of an incident that happened during my reaping years. I was with a friend and two other girls our age. We were at the lake and decided we’d like to go sailing. Along with no sense, we had no money.

I decided we could “borrow” one, so we did. After our push-off into our new hobby, out about 100 yards we heard yelling coming from the shore. It didn’t take long to figure out it was the owner of the sailboat. I never considered turning back to return what wasn’t mine. We laughed and kept paddling. Sailboats aren’t a very effective means of water transportation when you don’t know how to sail…

The guy shed his clothes and started swimming after us. As he started getting closer, there was less laughter from our sobering vessel. I started waving down boats passing by and asking for a tow. We finally got one with the man fish about 15 feet from us.

Instant sowing would be easier than prolonged sowing. When there aren’t immediate consequences from deserved actions it makes a wild heart bolder.

We ditched the sailboat on the other side of the island. I really didn’t feel like we were stealing the boat, we justified it as mentioned by calling it borrowing. I haven’t had too many things in my life borrowed from me, but I’ve had more than my share of things stolen from me. Multiple trucks, tools, guns, you name it, I’ve had it stolen from me. I guess some mistakes were truly built to last!

Some people call it Karma, some simpler folks like me call it “getting paid back.” I should have been paying more attention in Sunday School when I first heard this verse there, “Be not deceived; God is not mocked: For whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.”

In this world, I see people not as bold with ignorant actions, but with the same adolescent lack of reality. Some with heart problems eating hamburgers and smoking cigarettes. Others spending money they don’t have. Currently, it’s easy to find someone who bought a house they couldn’t afford, believing it’s the government’s or someone else’s problem.

I can’t say I’m innocent of all reaping myself still. The difference now is I understand there is a day of reckoning. If and when that day comes, I’ll take it on the chin. I’m not suggesting I like it, but that’s the way God designed it. There are consequences for all actions, good or bad.

When I sow well I reap well and vice versa.

For those of us who know God, know His forgiveness. Although there are consequences we have forgiveness. In those consequences or sowing, we find wisdom.

We learn and grow wise. The ones who don’t live their lives in folly.

I’ve never been sailing a day in my life unless you count that one day.