Reassurance for the mid-week slump

Sometimes, you don’t have a productive day.  That happens.  So what do I do with that?  Am I still as effective a creator or worker if none of my ideas bore any fruit today?

Today I came across this awesome quote that speaks directly to that:

"Don't judge each day by the harvest you reap but by the seeds you plant." - Robert Louis Stevenson.

the seeds you plant

Jesus talks a lot about seeds and the harvest.  One of his most well-known parables is known as The Sower and the Seed.  A man goes out into his field and scatters some seed.  Some falls on rocky ground and is eaten by birds.  Some falls among thorns and is strangled by the weeds.  Some falls into shallow soil and grows fast but soon withers when the sun comes out and burns it up.  But some seed falls into rich, fertile soil, and it grows strong roots and begins to develop into the harvest he will eventually reap.

In life, whether you’re working or creating or both, it’s tempting to look at the lack of harvest in your day (“I didn’t finish writing that chapter.” or “I didn’t finish that project, and the deadline’s coming up.” or even “I had a conversation with someone but I’m not sure they took it on board.”).  Jesus gives us a really strong message that life is about looking instead at the seeds you’ve sown, the ways you’ve tried to worship him by creating or working.

How can you remind yourself that your day is about the seeds you sow, not the harvest you reap?

This quote was posted today by Ramsay Taplin, aka BlogTyrant (  Ramsay talks about blogging and how to do it better so you can be an effective leader and “live more meaningfully”.


This post was written by TJ Withers-Ryan © 2014. Reblogging is highly encouraged as long as you credit me as the author.

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