My Favorite Recipes for Life — Part 2

Reaping What You Sow

References to sowing and reaping have more of an agrarian connection than a culinary one.  But the principle remains the same. The ingredients of a recipe dictate the final meal, much like the seeds you sow dictate what is reaped.

With that in mind, I have learned over time the truth of the axiom that actions have consequences.  In other words, the law of reaping and sowing is a fundamental truth worth knowing…and practicing.

So, Part Two of My Favorite Recipes for Life is the Rules For Planting your Garden.  Again, these are not my recipes, but some I have gathered from anonymous sources and tweaked to reflect a worldview rooted in the truism of the “You reap what you sow” reality.

PLANT 7 rows of SQUASH

  1. Squash gossip.
  2. Squash critical spirits.
  3. Squash indifferences.
  4. Squash jealousy and envy.
  5. Squash unrighteous anger.
  6. Squash lustful thoughts.
  7. Squash bitterness.

PLANT 7 rows of PEAS

  1. Purity.
  2. Patience.
  3. Perseverance.
  4. Prayer.
  5. Promptness.
  6. Politeness.
  7. Preparedness.


  1. Let us be unselfish and loyal.
  2. Let us be faithful to duty.
  3. Let us search the scriptures.
  4. Let us not grow weary in performing acts of kindness.
  5. Let us be obedient to the Lord in all things.
  6. Let us be truthful.
  7. Let us love one another.

NO GARDEN is complete without turnips:

  1. Turn up for church.
  2. Turn up for prayer services. 
  3. Turn up for Bible study.
  4. Turn up with a smile, even when things are difficult.
  5. Turn up with determination to do your best for God’s cause.
  6. Turn up with a gentle spirit.
  7. Turn up with hope.

Remember, gardens must have plenty of exposure to the Son!

Sow these seeds, and you shall reap a harvest rich in good deeds and overflowing with a joy unspeakable.

But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ…” 2 Peter 3:18

A tree is known by its fruit; a person by their deeds. A good deed is never lost; whoever sows courtesy reaps friendship, and whoever plants kindness gathers love.”—Saint Basil (329 A.D. – 379 A.D.) Bishop of Cesarea

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  1. Bob Hendrix

    Thank you Buddy. I plan to use with my lesson this Sunday as my older folks class can surely appreciate.


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