7)Do not be deceived: God is not mocked, for whatever one sows that will he also reap. 10)Therefore as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers.
Galatians 6:7 and 10
Having 5 kids is great! Having 5 kids get along and “actually” interact with one another……Now that’s a challenge. Especially when there is such an age gap between them. My oldest daughters are 12 and 11 while my younger daughters are 6 and 2…yup, 4 girls (PRAY FOR ME)!
My older girls are no longer into playing barbies, make-overs or playing pretend. Instead they are consumed, yes TOTALLY consumed with their phones, t.v. shows and, well, finding the PERFECT selfie angles. Because of this, my 6 year old (Sarah) one day said, “Mom, I promise when I am older and I have a phone, I will ALWAYS make time for Savannah (my 2yr old).” I was literally brought to tears at the thought that my little girl was acknowledging a feeling that she was experiencing, and willed in her heart to never let her little sister experience the same feeling. Ohh, but how quickly was that very public decree tossed to the side the moment Savannah was trying to join in on her big sister’s fun! She was… DENIED!
A little later Sarah began to play with her little sister. (I like to THINK the Holy Spirit had something to do with that) LOL, but call it what you may, they were playing and everyone was happy.
Later on, that same night, Sarah was doing what she loved most…building forts, playing with her dolls and having the time of her life with her OLDER sister!
This entire day was nothing short of Galatians 6:7; Sarah surely reaped what she sowed. I’m sure she didn’t “want” to play with her baby sister at the time, but she was willing to act selflessly and put someone’s feelings before her own. In return her older sister gave up her time as well and Sarah was the great recipient of an entire day of joy and memories!
This truth works the same with parenting. As parents we want our kids to walk in excellence, well at least I assume we all do. And if this is so, we must sow good seeds. Seeds of honesty, integrity, love, kindness and selflessness just to name a few. We can’t expect our kids to be honest and on one day teach them that -The Lord detests lying lips, but He delights in people who are trustworthy. (Proverbs 12:22) And then on the other hand have them answer your phone (because you don’t feel like speaking to “whomever”) and have them LIE for you and say that you’re in the “shower.” Or constantly yelling at your kid and wondering why all they do is yell at one another.
Never have I ever heard of someone planting apple seeds and reaping sour lemons. So -Therefore as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people ESPECIALLY to those who belong to the family of believers. (Galatians 6:10). And keep in mind that NO FRUIT GROWS OVERNIGHT, So -Let’s not get tired of doing what is good, for at the right time we will reap a harvest- if we do not give up. (Galatians 6:9)