For many parts of the country the fall colors are in full display.
Even though most of us are not farmers by trade, we can sense the abundance of harvest time during the fall season.
As we continue to build and strengthen our character, harvest time helps to remind us of an important truth that we have a tendency to forget during the seasons of life. The fall season and the harvest time remind us of the one basic natural law that most directly translates into a relevant, practical, and universal truth necessary to accomplish our hopes and dreams: The Law of the Harvest; simply, you reap what you sow.
The law of the harvest is the simplest and most powerful life transforming principle. Ironically, it is also the one that we need a consistent, steady reminder of its simplicity and truth during the twists and turns of our life’s journey.
The law of the harvest, in the natural world, is as true as the law of gravity. If you want to reap an abundant harvest of corn or soybeans in the fall, there is only one pathway to follow: The Law of the Harvest. If we asked any farmer 2,000 years ago or one today in the fields of Iowa, we would get the same general response. There are no shortcuts to an abundant harvest. We must spend time in the winter to make a plan and prepare to implement when the spring comes. In the spring, we must prepare the ground and plant the seed. In addition, throughout the spring and summer, we must cultivate the fields through a long growing season. Then, and only then, will we reap an abundant harvest in the fall.
There is no way to take a short cut. We cannot vacation in the spring and summer and then jam an entire growing season into September. There is no way to pay for the “Speed Pass” lane on the farm and there is no “Easy” button. The natural law of the harvest will always be our judge. Just like the law of gravity governs our eventual return to the ground no matter how high we jump, the law of the harvest governs our ability to produce our most essential food sources for life. In addition, the law of the harvest governs our ability to accomplish our most personal hopes and dreams.
If we want healthy relationships with those closest to us, the law of the harvest will be our judge. Are we vacationing all spring and summer with the expectation that relationships will be fine when tough times hit (friendly reminder…the tough times will hit)? Or are we doing the hard work today that looks like sacrifice, selfless service, and the humility to listen and learn?
In our own personal development, the law of the harvest will always be our most steady path to lasting growth and accomplishment. If we want a more fulfilling career path, then we need to be intentional about making a plan and working the plan. If we are expecting someone in “management” to come and spoon feed us a fulfilling career plan, we may be waiting for a long time. If we want to maintain our physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual health, we need to make a plan and work the plan. Lasting health is built over time. The law of the harvest reminds us that there is no such thing as an overnight success in reaching our hopes and dreams.
Despite our best efforts to adhere to the law of the harvest, there is the occasion when it just does not work out. Sometimes a storm hits and hail or heavy rains ruin a season of work. Similarly, in our personal lives, we can be genuinely giving our best effort to live consistently according to the law of the harvest and we experience an unfortunate and tragic end to a season of effort.
Just as on the farm and in our own lives, we do our best to keep moving forward through an unforeseen tragedy and we persevere with our own unique ways of coping through the upcoming winter season. Then, with the return of the next spring, we have another season of opportunity to start again and more often than not, the law of harvest will go our way in the next season on the farm and in our lives.
In the most important areas of our lives, it is time to ask a most direct question, “Are we preparing to reap an Abundant Harvest?” In our character…marriage…parenting…friendships…careers…community?
We reap what we sow
I hope we can all use this fall season as a moment of support and encouragement to apply the law of the harvest to achieve our hopes and dreams. As we become intentional about living according to the law of the harvest, we will build and strengthen our character and Character Creates Opportunity® to achieve our goals no matter what our present situation.