Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Reaping and sowing

In the New Testament book of Galatians, chapter six it states that "whatever a man sows, that shall he also reap" (6:7). I believe this to be true, but how far can it be taken? Does this mean that every little thing that happens in a persons live is the result of something done in the past? Or is it just a generalization? In other words, is all that happens to you your fault, or just a few things? I think it's some place in the middle of the two. I believe that you can look at a person's life and determine that much of what is happening to them and in their lives is the result of the actions and choices they have made in the past, but not everything. What about accidents (or are there no accidents)? What about the choices of others (our spouse or boss or business partner)?

I see our world as basically giving us back what we have put in. But, the world is also giving back what has been put in to all the people around us creating the chaos we sometimes experience. Then there is just random chance. How else do you explain winning the lottery?

So, what is the best course of action? Make choices and take action believing that you reap what you sow, but remember that there is always the possibility of random chance and the poor decisions and actions of others (like our politicians).

What do you think?