It is hard to believe that another school year is over and another group of seniors have graduated and taken the next step in their lives. I can’t believe my little girl is going into first grade next year. It seems like just yesterday that she was just learning to crawl and walk. She walked in the room the other day and it just hit me, she is growing up. I’m sure there are parents out there who have the pencil marks on the wall marking their growth through the years. Kids love to see that they are getting taller.
Growth is no accident. God created the growth process and it is automatic as long as the body is provided proper nourishment, regular exercise and remains disease free.
In Mark chapter 4 starting in verse 26, you can read about the parable of the growing seed. It talks about a man who scatters seed on the ground and they grow day and night until it is time to harvest. The farmer’s job is to sow the seed, and let God grow the seed.
I think the same is true with us as parents, teachers, and church leaders. We are to plant the seeds and let God grow the seeds. We need to take every opportunity in our lives and make sure we are planting seeds in our children’s lives. If we don’t feed our seeds and give them the nourishment they need to grow, then we are not doing the job that God has given us to do. He never told us that it would be an easy job, but it is an important part of our children’s lives. Planting seeds doesn’t stop with our children. We need to think about everyone we come in contact with on a day by day basis. It might be work, the grocery store, or the next door neighbors. Take every opportunity to plant seeds and sow them.
— Ryan Keltner is assistant pastor at Cornerstone Family Worship in Tonganoxie.