Gleanings – Sow in the Spirit, reap Life!

Proper 29, Year Two, Monday

Galatians 6:1-10

“For if any one thinks he is something, when he is nothing, he deceives himself.”

To those following, it is apparent that I have taken an unannounced hiatus from Gleanings. Other things required attention. There was/is much to do with regard to planting a church. Tempted I was to think my time is better spent. But I had also grown weary. I write in hopes of conversations with brothers and sisters past and present. Those were inspiring (especially one with a classmate from 32 years ago) but fewer and fewer as time passed. “What’s the point?” I asked. But in these last few months the Lord has shown me that He wants me to write for me or better said for my relationship with Him. Others may benefit. Regardless, He will take me deeper.

I made the fundamental mistake. Gleanings had become about me. Paul seems to share this constant battle. There is always the temptation to think of ourselves more highly than we ought. Rick Warren had it right in the opening line of his most famous work. “It’s not about you.”

Remedy? The right order of things. Sow from the flesh and reap weariness. Sow from the Spirit and reap life. I choose life.

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