Words from the Heart for Saturday September 10th, 2016
Plant your seed in the morning and keep busy all afternoon, for you don’t know if profit will come from one activity or another—or maybe both.
Ecclesiastes 11:6 (NLT)
Every day has work to be done. Yet the results are not ultimately in our hands. Ask the Lord to make the work of your hands fruitful and a blessing to others.
The agriculture and agri-food industry contributes over $100 billion annually to Canada’s gross domestic product. (That’s more than the national GDP of 2/3 of the world’s countries). Canada is the 5th largest agricultural exporter in the world, and the agriculture and agri-food industry employs 2.2 million Canadians (that’s 1 in 8 jobs). We produce about 80% of the world’s maple syrup, we are the world’s largest exporter of flaxseed, canola, pulses and durum wheat and we’re one of the largest producers of flaxseed, canola, pulses and durum wheat. Canola – now the oil of choice for millions around the world – was developed by Canadian scientists and planted by Canadian farmers. In 2013, Canada contributed 33% to global canola exports. Agriculture and agri-food grows the economy in a wide variety of ways, including over $90 billion generated each year in related manufacturing.
Men and women have always found satisfaction in a good day’s work. There is something appealing about getting a task accomplished and feeling like we haven’t wasted our time. There is a Biblical principle here. In the Biblical book of Ecclesiastes there is great wisdom about life and in Ecclesiastes 11:6 we read this: “Plant your seed in the morning and keep busy all afternoon, for you don’t know if profit will come from one activity or another—or maybe both.” What it is teaching is this – we must do our part but ultimately there is never any guarantee that we will be successful. William Booth, the founder of The Salvation Army once said that we must work as if it all depended on us, and pray as if it all depended on God. That is the sense here. We are called to plant seed but we never know whether it will produce a crop – there is the need for things that are beyond us – enough rain and sun, for example. So Ecclesiastes wisely counsels that once we plant the seed, we should get on with something else while the seed germinates and does what a seed will do. In a spiritual sense, we are called to plant the seed of the Gospel. Then we let the Holy Spirit to the rest. And while we are waiting on Him, let’s keep busy planting more seed, showing more love, living for Jesus.
These have been words from the heart.