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Monday, May 24, 2004

Power of a Seed

The Power of a Seed"
by Sister Ching Co
Cebu City, The Philippines

May 10, 2004 was the election day for our country, the Philippines. And in the past months of the campaign, we have been bombarded with different kinds of information coming from all avenues. Many issues were brought forth, debated, shared, and discussed. Many sectors of society, including the believers, got stirred up to participate, for they truly desire to to see change happen to our country.

Now that the election is over and we await the results, what's next for us to do? As I was pondering upon this matter, the Lord brought back to my mind "the power of a seed," and how often we failed to grasp the full implication of this and end up missing a lot of opportunities to affect change in our midst.

A Seed Produces

A seed, of whatever variety, is often small. But once it is planted, well taken cared of, and given time, has the ability to multiply and to grow beyond any measure we can imagine. This truth applies not just to a physical seed, but also to "spiritual" seeds that God has given specially to His people.

We long to experience positive and meaningful changes in our lives, our families, our churches, our society, our cities, and our nation. And oftentimes because of the magnitude of the problems we face daily, we begin to feel desperate and, at times, just surrender to these feelings, thinking that nothing will ever change, forgetting that we hold in our hands God's seeds which has the power to change the situations around us.

Today, let us remind ourselves once more that God has given us all the seeds we need to start sowing, seeds that will one day grow into mighty trees. Trees that will one day benefit not not just the sower but many others as well.

What are we facing today?

Is it financial distress? Then let us sow seeds of "giving." Let us give of our time, talent and, yes, finances.

Is it emotional coldness or apathy by those around us? Then let us sow seeds of "love". A kind word, a smile, a gentle touch...these little acts will help melt the coldness around us.

Is it fear and despair? Then let's begin sowing seeds of "praise & thanksgiving." Let's start to look for the positive in people instead of the negative. Let us begin to thank our children, our friends, our leaders for what they have already done instead of complaining about what they have failed to do.

Is it doubt and uncertainty? Then try sowing the seeds of "speaking forth God's promises." The Bible is full of them. Let us begin claiming them one by one.

Is it greed and dishonesty in society? Then try sowing seeds of "integrity and generosity". Let us practice speaking the truth always even when it hurts. In our work, let us become good stewards of all things entrusted to us, whether small or big. Let us not be afraid to go the second mile.

I am confident that whatever the need is in our midst today, God will abundantly provide us with the right seed to sow.

We Can Be Assured

What we will be led to do today may seem immaterial, if compared to the circumstances and challenges we are facing whether as a person, a family or a nation. But as we start sowing where the Lord leads us, we can be assured that one day, whether in our lifetime or our children's lifetime, these small sowing actions will reap many beneficial changes.

"To everything there is a season, and a time for every matter or purpose under heaven. A time to plant and a time to pluck up what is planted. He has made everything beautiful in its time." (Ecclesiastes 3:1,2b,11a)

"And let us not lose heart and grow weary and faint in acting nobly and doing right, for in due time and at the appointed season we shall reap, if we do not loosen and relax our courage and faint. So then, as occasion and opportunity open up to us, let us do good to all people [not only being useful or profitable to them, but also doing what is for their spiritual good and advantage]. Be mindful to be a blessing, especially to those of the household of faith [those who belong to God's family with you, the believers.]" (Galatians 6:9-10)

Sister Ching Co
Cebu City, The Philippines


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