Reflection: Planting Seeds

Too often, we see our best efforts only in terms of failure. That act of kindness that we offer has been rejected; that story about our time in Africa has fallen on deaf ears. The world around us rarely changes in the manner and speed that we would hope.

When we get bogged down with these frustrations, it helps to let go of what we want from others, and to instead ask what God wants from us. Does God want us to force other people to act a certain way, or to walk in the footsteps of Christ? Does God expect us to change the way others think, or to plant seeds that they can choose to let flourish?

One of the ways that God challenges us through Jesus is to see love as an accomplishment in its own right. We are not creating our own kingdom, but moving toward's God's Kingdom. When we strive to live as Jesus did, we aid others in that journey, though in ways that we often cannot understand. We also allow others to aid us, knowing that, like them, we are beggars searching for the food of God's love.