You Cannot Reap What You Did Not Sow

I was thinking about the Dr. Seuss movie “The Lorax”. Its closing thought was this, “You cannot reap what you did not sow.”

the loraxThroughout the entire movie the “Once-ler” used a resource, the trees, in a forest to make himself rich. He basically got something from nothing he had done. Finally, getting beside himself and alienating everyone that was close to him, the Once-ler’s resources from the forest were depleted. His friend, guide, adviser –The Lorax– asked this question, “now, what will you do?” The Once-ler’s response was “make more” as the last tree fell to the ground. The Lorax made this powerful statement “you cannot reap what you did not sow.”

“A man reaps what he sows.” – Paul the Apostle

In life the common tendency is to believe we have a right to things that we don’t work for. Now I say… ” you cannot reap what you did not sow.”

We want our children to behave a certain way… I say ” you cannot reap what you did not sow.”
We want the perfect marriage…I say ” you cannot reap what you did not sow.”
We would like a better job…I say ” you cannot reap what you did not sow.”
We desire a more fulfilled life…I say ” you cannot reap what you did not sow.”
We wish to be happy everyday…I say ” you cannot reap what you did not sow.”

The point is simply this, realize that you have control of every outcome of your life. Common is the person who continues to place the blame on someone else while uncommon is the person who begins to sow the outcome he/she desires.


iPray: Thank you Father for placing control of the outcomes in my life in my hands. Whatever I sow is the very thing that I will reap. I no longer sow seeds of an imperfect marriage. I no longer sow seeds that produce unpleasant working conditions. I no longer sow seeds of an unfilled lifestyle. I no longer sow seeds that produce unhappiness in my life. In Jesus name.

The above scripture quote is from Galatians 6:7 of the New International Version.
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