Life and the people in it have a knack of testing you, don’t they? But the breakdown moments, the flip-a-table moments, and the hug-me-I’m-so-happy moments can update us on how we’ve matured.
5 “A farmer went out to sow his seed. As he was scattering the seed, some fell along the path; it was trampled on, and the birds ate it up. [. . .] 12 Those along the path are the ones who hear, and then the devil comes and takes away the word from their hearts, so that they may not believe and be saved. (Luke 8:5,12)
When I read this passage, I usually think of the person receiving the Word or advice (myself or someone else). We hear the message, but we’re not listening and taking it in.
But what about the giver or intermediator of the message?
There are times when the person you’re trying to talk to or share a story with REALLY DOESN’T CARE.
Even though I think any time is the right time to plug into God’s word or listen to any sound advice (like, don’t drink that can of green tea you opened DAYS AGO and never finished) — sorry, tangent over. The point is, some people don’t want to hear it. When someone’s conveying a message, the conversation isn’t just weighing on the receiver’s shoulders. Yes, it’d be great if he/she really listened or read the words, but it’s also the giver’s job to note if that person is ready or willing to take in the message.
Matthew 7:6 reads, “Do not give dogs what is sacred; do not throw your pearls to pigs. If you do, they may trample them under their feet, and turn and tear you to pieces.”
We have to look out for each other. A major part of that is knowing when our words are going to fly right over that other person’s head. Please don’t misinterpret me. I’m not saying to only speak when it’s convenient for others. But we can’t fall into temptation of attempting (and failing) to force the seed into others. Their hearts and minds aren’t open yet to understand and appreciate God’s word.
Remember: God doesn’t force us to believe or stand by Him. It’s a daily choice. Bestow the same onto others. There’s a time and a place. Be patient with your target audience.
6 Some fell on rocky ground, and when it came up, the plants withered because they had no moisture. [. . .] 13 Those on the rocky ground are the ones who receive the word with joy when they hear it, but they have no root. They believe for a while, but in the time of testing they fall away. (Luke 8:6,13)
We need to nourish our lives. It’s all fun and dancing until you realize this life isn’t always a picnic and some seasons have more “bad” days than “good.” Be wary of how you’re taking in and implementing things.
As a side note for WRITING: Let your passion and inspiration to create take root. Get up, get active, LIFT THAT WRIST! Water that creativity on sunny days, and let the rainy days soak into it. Work with what you have.
7 Other seed fell among thorns, which grew up with it and choked the plants. [. . .] 14 The seed that fell among thorns stands for those who hear, but as they go on their way they are choked by life’s worries, riches and pleasures, and they do not mature. (Luke 8:7,14)
We can’t stay infants in Christ. There’s always room to grow, and we need to get into the Word as much as possible.
You are loved. You are cherished. But don’t be foolish enough to think you’re untouchable. That you’ll never become distracted by various things when you’re NOT going through hardships. That other pleasures won’t try to choke out the Word of God from your mind and heart. That you won’t deny Jesus three times before the rooster crows. That you won’t forget to love your fellow human. I’m speaking to myself, too. Wake up, Izzy!
WRITING: Have you ever lost sight of your writing purpose? Let’s say, you write because you genuinely love the thrill and madness. But after a while, you find yourself writing for the deadline, money, view counts, likes, whatever. What was an intrinsic motivation is now extrinsic. And readers can smell it on you and your work. For now, your piece may sell, but did it add to or change anything bigger than yourself? Will it be remembered when you’re long gone? Do you care?
8 Still other seed fell on good soil. It came up and yielded a crop, a hundred times more than was sown.” [. . .] 15 But the seed on good soil stands for those with a noble and good heart, who hear the word, retain it, and by persevering produce a crop. (Luke 8:8,15)
Are you bearing good fruit? Don’t be so quick to answer that. I’m not asking if all’s well in life or if you did your good deed of the day. I’m asking if you’ve shown love, patience, joy, peace, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control (Galatians 5:22-23), even when it’s inconvenient for you? I’m talking on the level of when you find out someone molested your child or parent. That level. Or when another driver cuts in front of you. Or when you’re cheated out of happiness and success. Again, what fruit are you bearing?
WRITING: Not only do you want your life and works to mean something, but you strive to make that happen. Maybe you’re not receiving ideal results, but have courage and press on (always easier said than done).
I warmly invite you to share your thoughts below ^_^