Weekly Spiritual Digest: Plant Seeds of Everlasting Life in Heaven


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We Harvest What We Plant

Dear brothers and sisters, if another believer is overcome by some sin, you who are godly should gently and humbly help that person back onto the right path. And be careful not to fall into the same temptation yourself. Share each other’s burdens, and in this way obey the law of Christ. If you think you are too important to help someone, you are only fooling yourself. You are not that important.

Pay careful attention to your own work, for then you will get the satisfaction of a job well done, and you won’t need to compare yourself to anyone else. For we are each responsible for our own conduct. Those who are taught the word of God should provide for their teachers, sharing all good things with them. Don’t be misled—you cannot mock the justice of God. You will always harvest what you plant. Those who live only to satisfy their own sinful nature will harvest decay and death from that sinful nature. But those who live to please the Spirit will harvest everlasting life from the Spirit.

So let’s not get tired of doing what is good. At just the right time we will reap a harvest of blessing if we don’t give up. Therefore, whenever we have the opportunity, we should do good to everyone—especially to those in the family of faith. (Galatians 6:1-10 NLT)

The Book of Galatians, which is found in the New Testament, comes from a letter written by the Apostle Paul. Paul writes to the Galatians to help settle a divided issue in the Galatian Church: If the Galatians should give up their freedom in Christ in order to serve the Law of Moses once again? And in doing so, Paul uses the story of Abraham, who was alive during the time when Law of Moses was administered, to show how his faith in Christ was more justified than the decrees in the Law of Moses.

In this verse, Paul tells the Galatians (as well as us) that we harvest what we plant. In other words, helping those who have sinned, through humility and kindness, without falling into temptation, we are fulfilling God’s purpose in our lives. Not boasting about our work, because we are not that important than anyone else, makes us responsible for our own conduct. And most importantly, not getting tired from performing good deeds will reward us with a harvest of blessings in our lives.

There are benefits from each act, which Paul describes!

When we help one another, shouldering each other’s burdens, while pleasing the Lord, we are actually planting seeds of everlasting life in Heaven. So, when it does come time to harvest our crops, we will reap a harvest of blessings for ourselves and for others too. Remember what Paul says,

“Those who live only to satisfy their own sinful nature will harvest decay and death from that sinful nature. But those who live to please the Spirit will harvest everlasting life from the Spirit.”

So this week, plant seeds of everlasting life in Heaven. Help one another, so your harvest will be filled with blessings!

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Motivation Monday: Edit Your Life! Watch founder of Treehugger.com Graham Hill give a revolutionary talk on “less stuff;” and how less is better. Prince: “If we can edit our social circles, then surely we can edit our own living spaces.” To watch go to www.princesdailyjournal.com. #princesdailyjournal #motivation #treehugger #ecofriendly #wisdom #green #conserve #sustainability #kitesurfing #surfing #sailing #saveourplanet #tedx #TEDtalks #rainforest #ny #manhattan #sd

Motivation Monday: Edit Your Life!


It’s Monday, the beginning of a new week, and you need words of encouragement to start off your week right.

This week’s words of motivation: Edit Your Life!

In this 3 minute TED talk video, we see writer and founder of eco-blog TreeHugger.com, Graham Hill, give a revolutionary talk on “less stuff;” and how too much space can make us less happy. In doing so, he lays out three rules of how to Edit Your Life

What I found most interesting, from Graham Hill’s TED talk on “space,” was his ability to use props, pictures, statistics, and common knowledge to convince us all that happiness is achievable, when we “edit” the unnecessary clutter in our lives; saving money and the planet. Furthermore, what I found really fascinating–which really cemented his presentation–was how he was able to “edit” his Manhattan apartment to fit everything he really needed in his life, without adding more space: office, dinner table for 10, coffee table, guests beds, bedrooms, and a movie theater–all in one room.

SIDENOTE: Who would’ve thought that folding a bed can ADD extra space to your apt?–it especially makes room for guests to have coffee or dinner. 

What really struck a chord with me was this:

“It is so easy for us to “edit” the people in our lives, but it is physically impossible to “edit” the personal junk that we leave behind in our homes?

Would it make it more simpler, if junk were to talk back at us that we can throw them away? My point being is this, if we can “edit” our social circles (without killing the environment), then most certainly we can do the same in our own living spaces.

So this week, practice having less stuff. Edit Your Life, by taking the things that you don’t need in your home out, and make room for the things that really matter. Doing this, you will save both your money, the planet, and your sanity. When you wake up every morning, this week, say this to yourself:

“What can I do to get ‘less stuff’ to make room for the good stuff?”

If you wish to follow Graham Hill and his TED talks, then go to: http://www.ted.com/speakers/graham_hill.html

You can also follow Graham Hill on these sites below:

www.treehugger.com

Twitter: @ghill