June 25, 2014 - In the good old summer time. Yeah! Summer is finally here. The cold and the snow are a fading memory. The sun and the water are calling us forward to enjoy the fruits of our labors.
I have been investing a lot of time in my garden as I do each spring. Now we are beginning to enjoy the benefits.
Strawberries, lettuces, peas are making their way to our dinner plates. Tomatoes, peppers, carrots and much more are on their way.
So are the weeds. It is a continual process of plucking out the weeds so that I can water and nurture the seeds that I want to see grow.
Our lives are the same way.
This is why biblical writers repeatedly drew upon images of the seed, sowing and reaping.
"Collect the weeds first and bind them in bundles to be burned, but gather the wheat into my barn." Matthew 13:30.
We have to be alert to the thoughts, feelings and actions that are not beneficial to our lives and to the lives of those around us. These we gently pluck out of our minds and hearts, cease participating in them, so that the good seed may grow within us.
My friend Sam was a very successful business man, he ran a fortune 500 company and was well respected in the business community.
He had a big house, fancy cars, plus more money than he knew what to do with. His wife loved spending his money. She was always taking trips overseas, back east and out west.
His children were gone as well. His son had moved out west and never made it back home even for the holidays, his work kept him very busy.
His daughter was in trouble with the law and was constantly dealing with the legal system, in and out of jail, court, rehab, on probation. It never seemed to end.
Sam's health was not well. He dealt with heart, lung and kidney issues. Between his cholesterol, diabetes, infections, etc. ad infinitum, he was always popping pills, injecting himself, monitoring his vitals, getting treatments, doctor appointments, hospital visits.
But he always seemed to have enough time to tell me what I was doing wrong running the church. And, since he was on the board, I was compelled to listen.
In Unity we teach the Law of Mind Action, which simply stated is, thoughts held in mind produce after their kind.
Our outer world is a reflection of our inner world. Derivatives include the Law of Cause and Effect, Giving and Receiving, Karma and Retribution.
Essentially, our inner world causes the outer effects, as we give so shall we receive, what goes around comes around, and what we put out comes back.
One day Sam suffered a massive heart attack, the doctors did not know if he would pull through.
When he was finally well enough for visitors, I went to see him. What he said was a surprise to me, although I might have expected it. It was such an insightful comment I had to write it down.
He said, "You know, I've been lying here thinking about all you've said over the years about the Law of Mind Action and I think maybe I'm beginning to see how it works. I have to think about what physical effects I want to see out picture in my life and then figure out what mental causes I have to dwell on to achieve those effects."
He got it. Before long his wife and children were spending more time at home. The constant complaining had ceased and he was much more pleasant to be around.
Our lives today are an out picturing of the seed thoughts and feelings that we planted, watered and nurtured yesterday.
The seed thoughts and feelings that we plant today will determine how our lives out picture tomorrow.
"Seek ye first his kingdom and his righteousness (right-use-ness) and all these things will be added unto you." Matthew 6:33.
God's kingdom is love, "God is love and he who abides in love abides in God and God abides in him." 1John 4:16.
I invite you to sow seeds of love, to water and nurture them by remembering to affirm, "God is love, I am loved and loving." Then be the love you wish to see.
Matthew E. Long is senior minister
at Peace Unity Community.