You Need This: 3 Lessons on Sowing and Reaping
Have you ever worked so hard but saw very few results? I wouldn’t be truthful if I said that I hadn’t. This is often where the story ends for many. Day in and day out, you exert effort but never quite reaping what you have sown.
Recently, I’ve been reading less business material and more spiritual material for my personal development and I relearned one of the most obvious lessons. The word reap is a verb. That means that you must exert just as much effort to reap as you do to sow.
Stay with me because you can easily get lost or distracted here.
We spend a great deal of time working to sow seeds of promise in every area of our lives. We are planting, fertilizing and watering our gardens and even the gardens of others and while these are all things that must be done, we must also acquire the significant behaviors that reap the harvest of our efforts.
Consider the farmer who plants crops. Even after he or she puts in all of the work to plant the seeds and ensure that they are on fertile ground, he or she must also strategize on the best ways to collect the harvest as it is available.
Does the harvest place itself in baskets?
Know these 3 things to be true about the reaping and sowing process:
1. The more that you sow, the more work you will have to exert to receive your harvest.
2. It will rain on your head when you are in the midst of collecting your harvest. It will not be easy. You will want to give up in the midst of collecting your harvest.
3. The reward after collecting your harvest is unimaginably sweet.
This week, I have been tested in so many ways. I am in the midst of planning The Beautiful Mile which to date will be the biggest event in my history to establish a platform to touch lives and redefine beauty. I have never attempted anything this large. And because I am doing so, many things have been thrown my way. This is what happens. We must learn to expect it.
From working on logistics to finances, it is all one huge challenge. Even as I write to you, I am rocking a sick baby and preparing to hop on a flight to Atlanta for a full weekend of work, not play, work. Back to back meetings, interviews and more meetings. I’m operating with very little sleep. I am tired, worn, and staring at a to do list that is overwhelming but the way my faith is set up; I know with certainty that I will not fail. I am in the process of reaping and I’m coming for everything that is due to rise above ground in my garden.
We must recognize the toil that accompanies the act of reaping. If you are reading this, you are in the midst of something and you are questioning if you should stop or move ahead. You have to move ahead, if you believe that what you are doing is a divine assignment. You see reaping is the greatest exercise of faith. It is believing in the things that you can’t even see and believing in yourself. Reaping is one of the most powerful things that you can do.
With this lesson, I challenge you to pay attention over the next few weeks and watch the developments that unfold in my life. I am working to reap. I am calling in miracles. I am praying multiple times a day. And in the end, I will know that it wasn’t my doing. It was a sheer exercise of faith.
I share this with you because the inheritance of the world is for all of us. I am claiming mine and calling it in to me. This is not a new concept and people who are prosperous engage in life with this mindset all of the time. This is the only way to live. Learn to call in your harvest, learn to reap. What is for you is for you.
So, in retrospect, I know that my child will be healed before I board my plane, I know that I will complete the tasks that I have to complete and I know that The Beautiful Mile will sell many tickets and touch lives that I could have never imagined. I will reap what I have sown and so shall you.
Also, remember not to compare your journey to what you see happening in the lives of others; if they are reaping, they are working to do so. Focus on your reaping and sowing cycles and what belongs to you will manifest right before your eyes if only you believe.
Lastly, never be afraid to ask for what you want and need. This is also a part of reaping. Closed mouths don’t get fed. I encourage you to buy a ticket to The Beautiful Mile even if you don’t live in the Atlanta or even if you can’t make it to the event. Consider it a seed sown.
Just remember, reaping is a verb. There is no time to waste, go out and get your blessings. They are already yours.
All my love. ❤️
Ardre Orie, Author|Film Director| Advocate