“Then God said, “I give you every seed-bearing plant on the face of the whole earth and every tree that has fruit with seed in it.  They will be yours for food.” Genesis 1:29 

The plant lifecycle:

  1.  find the seed of the fruit you wish to produce- You have to find something or someone that is worthy of your investment of time, money, and/or attention. 
  2.  find good soil… good ground- Once you have identified that thing or person that you deem worthy of your investment, then you have to find a good place to grow it, a place free from trash, negativity, toxic behaviors, and darkness.
  3.  dig a hole in the ground to plant the seed- You have to put in the work it will take to get your seed into the place where it will be nourished and fed.  Putting in the work entails researching to find out how can you maximize the production of your seed. Canvassing areas to find the best place to begin the work.  However, before you can begin digging/working to get your seed planted you have to gather your tools and resources… create the schedules, go to counseling, go back to school, write the book, move to that city… you have to make sure that the seed that you want to produce is in a safe and secure place for growth. 
  4. cover it up with good soil- You have to cover your seed… your investment… in prayer, positivity, love, and attention.  You have to protect your seed… everyone doesn’t need to know about your planted seeds.  Remember in Matthew 13:28, an enemy came in the middle of the night and sowed weeds amongst the man’s good seed.    Sometimes the only folks that need to know about your planted seeds are you, yourself, and God.
  5. give it water, air, sunlight, and room in order for it to grow and produce good fruit- You have to supply your planted seed with everything it will need to grow and produce.  You need to go back to school… do that… you need to take business courses… do that… you need to end SHIPS… do that… you have to tend to your planted seed as if it is your child… giving it your very best. 
  6. harvest your fruit- This is the part that everyone wants without doing any of the work that comes before it… I am definitely guilty of this.  But it’s something about when you see the fruits of your labor grow and blossom into what you wanted it to be and more that makes you appreciate the work.  It also will make you understand how important the HARVEST is.  The harvest is what feeds you, your family, your community, and for me THE WORLD.  Understanding that even in the harvest you are going to have some exemplary fruit, met fruit, and some need improvement fruit.  You will have fruit that is only supposed to be planted in one season and others that are supposed to be planted every season.  There will be fruit that is just for you, and you, alone.  The harvest is when you do your self-reflection… did I do all I could to produce the best fruit? What could I have done differently? What did I do well?  Remember, the harvest isn’t just for you to enjoy but it is also for God to get the glory for his works through you.

In life we often times look at the here and now… how can I get what I want and need quick, fast, and in a hurry; but that is not always good.  Anything in life worth having is worth working for.  There is a process for everything.  2 Thessalonians 3:10 “For even when we were with you, we gave you this rule: The one who is unwilling to work shall not eat.”  You have to put in the work if you want to feast on GOOD FRUIT, there’s simply no other way… and I am talking about EXEMPLARY work… the fruit of your labor and faith will only be as great as the work you put into it. 

In Genesis 1:29 God was talking to Adam, letting him know what he has already given him. But what stands out to me in that verse is when God lets Adam know that the fruit will have seed in it. God is basically saying that he has already given Adam everything that he needed to feed himself mentally, emotionally, physically, and spiritually… however, God is not going to continue to give him fruit when what he has already given to him has seed in it that will produce the same fruit from before… all he has to do is plant the seed, tend to it, and harvest it.

Choose your seeds… plant your seeds… tend to your seeds… and harvest your fruit… and thank me later!

Love,

The Chic Educator🍎

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