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Harvest Time

June 20, 2020 Lonnie Wibberding
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Harvest Time
Jun 20, 2020
Lonnie Wibberding

A short devotional on Proverbs 20:4. Want to talk? Send an email to umpquaconnect@gmail.com

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A short devotional on Proverbs 20:4. Want to talk? Send an email to umpquaconnect@gmail.com

Good Morning! I'm your host Lonnie Wibberding, and you are listening to Umpqua Connect. A daily devotional podcast sent out from the beautiful Umpqua Valley of Southern Oregon.

Today is Saturday, June 20, 2020

In the Bible book of Galatians, the Apostle Paul makes a list of what he calls the fruit of the Spirit. These are things that happen in our lives when God, through His Holy Spirit, comes into our lives.

In Galatians 5 Paul says "The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.

I want all these things in my life. But the one I struggle with the most is patience. Waiting for things to happen. 

And I don't think I am the only one. We live in an instant gratification society. Microwaved meals eaten in front of the TV. We don't even have to wait a week to watch our favorite show. Just get behind, then binge watch the whole season over the weekend. We have what we want at our fingertips.

But this hasn't increased our happiness. Even though our entertainment is instant and our food almost so, the things that really matter still take patience and time.

If you want to get a better education to improve your life, you have to invest now even though the payoff may be months or years down the road. New skills take time away from watching youtube. Relationships, which bring a lot of meaning to life, take time away from -- watching youtube.

The wise man, Solomon saw this 3,000 years ago. He didn't have youtube, but did recognize the human tendency to enjoy the here and now rather than investing in the future.

In Proverbs 20:4 he says:

Sluggards do not plow in season;
    so at harvest time they look but find nothing

It's easier to relax today. Forget about the future. Then the future comes, and it's not so good because we haven't invested today.

It's not bad to enjoy today. Other places even Solomon recommends it. But if we don't do anything about the future, we won't have anything to harvest.

What if each day you and I did something that will make the future better. I doesn't have to be big, but something. fifteen minutes a day can teach you a new language over time. Or learn a new skill for what you already do for work. Or spend 30 minutes with those kids that are growing so fast. So when harvest time comes you can enjoy the fruit of your labor.

Sluggards do not plow in season;
    so at harvest time they look but find nothing

Thanks for connecting.

May God Bless your day. We'll talk again tomorrow