But this I say, He which soweth sparingly shall reap also sparingly; and he which soweth bountifully shall reap also bountifully.
2 Corinthians 9:6
The Cheerful Giver
The following facts you must demonstrate and teach your children if you possess the sowing mindset:
Sowing is not usually easy.
Everyone wants to reap but only few are ready to sow because it is not easy to part with your hard earned money, sacrifice your time or make use of your talent freely.
Often, people you sow into their lives may not be the ones to pay back.
Often, people you sow into their lives will be ungrateful to you later, but that should not prevent you from sowing into other people’s lives.
You will harvest in the order of the seed you sow. Let your children know that whatsoever you sow is what you will reap. If while you were young, you get yourself involved in activities that make others to cry, your days of crying are definitely coming.(Gal.6:7-9)
Reaping is often intangible.
Let them know that one fact that makes many people not to sow is that reaping is often intangible. In other words, the nature of reaping may not necessarily be physical; it may not be something to be held physically but it is real.
Often, sowing appears stupid due to easier alternatives.
You must let your children know that the time of sowing is often time that others will see as being foolishly spent but if you are persistent, the time of reaping will come and those who felt that you were wasting time will see the testimony of reaping in your life.
You will actually lose something by sowing, but the harvest will be greater.
Just as the crops harvested cannot be compared with the seed sown, what you harvest through sowing cannot be compared with what you have lost while sowing.
Reaping what you sow actually transcends your own generation.
In a way that no one actually understands how it happens, whatever you sow may be reaped not by you only but by your children, grandchildren and even great grandchildren. (Ex.20:5)
There is appointed time for sowing and reaping.
Every farmer knows that there is a right time to sow. If you fail to sow at that time, you will suffer lack in the future. Teach your children that they must invest their time, talent and treasure at the right time. (Eccl.3:1-8)
DISCUSSION POINTS WITH YOUR SPOUSE
• In what ways can we sow spiritually and into the life of others and teach our children to do so?
I receive the grace of a sower and also the grace to impart it into my children so that we shall reap in due season in Jesus’ name.
DON’T BOTHER YOURSELF IF PEOPLE YOU SOW INTO THEIR LIVES ARE NOT APPRECIATIVE; THEY ARE OFTEN NOT THE ONES THAT WILL REPAY YOU. -Dr. Mike Oluniyi