Learning to read and enjoying good literature were seeds we consciously planted into our homeschooled children. We cultivated in them a desire to read by first reading to our children when they were young. As they grew older, they mastered phonics rules and eventually became avid readers themselves.

To feed their insatiable appetites for books, the library became our second home. Books were literally hauled to and from the library each week in a large tub. The librarians dreaded our coming and going because of the time involved to process our books. However, taking advantage of this public resource enabled us to nurture a love of literature while subsidizing our homeschool curriculum expenses. Years later, I wasn't surprised when my children reaped the benefits of being good readers by getting their first part-time jobs as librarians.

The law of sowing and reaping applies to our spiritual lives, too. Whether we are children or adults, we plant seeds of righteousness that glorify the Lord (Proverbs 11:18) or seeds that will reap pain, suffering, and death (Proverbs 22:8). Many times, we make choices based on the moment, and we forget that someday there will be a harvest of our actions.

What are you sowing in your life? Are you making choices that produce a harvest of righteousness, or do the seeds of sin seem to be taking over your life? Maybe it's time to step back and let the Holy Spirit pull out the weeds that have begun to choke your spiritual life. "For whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap. For he that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting" (Galatians 6:7b-8).

Lord, help me to plant things in my life that glorify You and weed out things that don't. I claim Your strength again today to stop and pray before I make each decision. In Jesus' name, Amen.