“Remember: the one who sows meagerly will reap meagerly, and there shall be generous harvests for the one who sows generously. Each of you should give as you decided personally and not reluctantly, as if obliged. God loves a cheerful giver. And God is able to full you with very good thing so that you have enough of everything at all times and may give abundantly for any good work. Scripture says: He distributed, he gave to the poor, his good works last forever. God, who provides the sower with seed, will also provide him with the bread he eats. He will multiply the seed for you and increase the interest on your good works.”2 Cor 9: 6 – 10
“Truly I say to you, unless the grain of wheat falls to the earth and dies, it remains alone; but if it dies, it produces much fruit. Those who love their life destroy it and those who despise their life in this world save it even to everlasting life. Whoever wants to serve me, let him follow me; and wherever I am, there shall my servant be also. If anyone serves me, the Father will honor him.”Jn 12: 24-26
These passages from today’s readings really struck home with me. Serendipitously, as if God already knew, they came at the right time to remind me of the work I have to put in in order to sow a good harvest in the future.
You see, recently I have been feeling quite overwhelmed by the sheer volume of readings and assignments and knowledge that I have to cramp into my head in order to become a good Naturopath and Medical Herbalist for my clients in the future.
I feel somewhat burnt out.
Maybe it is because I have sacrificed a lot of things, or maybe it is just in my head and all I need to do is find balance between working and relaxing. (and probably take some more adaptogenic herbs haha)
But still, these readings remind me of the value of hard work and that without putting in the work, nothing worthwhile will happen.
“he who sows meagerly will reap meagerly”
And I don’t interpret the second bolded phrase literally.
“Those who love their life destroy it”
What that meant to me today was the sacrifice that is involved in order to achieve the work that needs to be done.
This work for “everlasting life” to me basically meant my mission to help the chronically ill in this world.
I am just writing this on a whim at 4:30 in the morning because I believe the spirit inspired me to do so but still, these readings came at a serendipitous time for me and I hope they benefit you as well.
For your own journey and the work and sacrifices that you have to put in.
As long as it is for the benefit of others and motivated by love.
Trust that God will make it all worthwhile.