WEEK FOUR: AWAKEN

Last week we got clear on your vision, and what fills the space between that vision and your current reality.

What emotions came up for you as you wrote out your vision?
What did you find yourself resisting or not wanting to look at?
What did you find yourself excusing or explaining away?
What was going on for you in your physical body?

The scriptures say this in Galatians 6:7

Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows

God has certain principles woven into the fabric of the universe.  One of those is reaping and sowing.  We live in a world where our creative activity is always at play.  In fact, we are always receiving back what we are investing into our relationships, our life and our spirituality.  It’s not a linear equation, it’s a principle that applies over the context of your life.

If you ever want to know what you are sowing, just look at the harvest in your life!
Are you reaping life or death?
Are you reaping hope or hopelessness?
Are you reaping beauty or destruction?
Are you reaping freedom or bondage?
Are you reaping peace and joy or anxiety and despair?

Think of your vision that you wrote yesterday as the “crop” you wish to yield.

Just like a farmer that looks to harvest a crop of wheat, he goes out to sow seeds.  What is it that you must sow to have that vision  become reality?  How have your been sowing that has created limitation or roadblocks to that vision?  Who do you need to include, ask for help or feedback, share your vision with to move to what’s next?

GOD WILL NOT BE MOCKED, A MAN REAPS WHAT HE SOWS

In other words, God is faithful and true to his word.  When you choose to intentionally sow into the future, you will reap a harvest that looks a lot like your intention!

Many have abused this principle and made it seem as if God is some divine ATM.  We put in $40 and we get $400 back.  It doesn’t work that way.  This isn’t a one-and-done event in life.  When a farmer plans on growing a crop of corn, he sows thousands of seeds to harvest a crop of hundreds.  He knows that he must sow exponentially more that what he will yield.  Sometimes it is easy to say “Well, I sowed joy once and I don’t see anything happening.”  We live in a ‘3 strikes you’re out culture’ – don’t conform to the culture – keep going!  It takes a full investment of sowing in many ways, shapes and forms to experience the full future that is available.

We reap what we sow.
It’s time to sow anew.

AWAKEN EXERCISE

In your journal, write one word that captures the experience of your vision in the middle of the page.  This might be peace, vision, passion, hope, intimacy, love, courage, etc.  Around it, write all the way that you can sow yourself to reap that future.  Consider both actions and attitudes.

See the example below:

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Spend some time this week practicing sowing these into your relationships at home, work, school, etc.  Make every moment an intentional opportunity to sow these into the lives of others – be creative!  See yourself as giving, a sowing, a creative and generous individual that is bringing to life the future that God longs for in your life and the lives of others.

Notice where you struggle.
Notice where there is resistance to sow.
Notice where there are new awakenings.

SEE YOU NEXT WEEK!