I’m always amazed how God has designed plants to spread their seeds in so many different, diverse ways. Some seeds are designed to float on the wind with fluffy gossamer filaments acting like parasails. Others also use the wind, spiraling downward like auto-rotating helicopters with one or two propeller-type blades creating the spin. Then there are the seeds that cling to whatever brushes against them, hitching a ride in animal’s fur or people’s clothes. Still other seeds are cloaked in fruit so that they’re eaten, and after a journey through the eater’s digestive system, are (how shall I say this delicately?) deposited on the ground surrounded by natural fertilizer to give them a kick start at germination and growth.
We humans also scatter and sow seeds, and it’s not just gardeners and farmers who do so. We all sow seeds of a different kind, other than those identified in botany; we sow seeds of ideas, words, and actions.
As we go about living our day we sow these seeds of influence in the lives of others. We float an idea by them. They eat up our words. Our actions stick stubbornly in their minds. All the time, everywhere, and to all those with whom we come in contact, whether physically and face-to-face or virtually using digital media, we spread seeds of influence.
Plants sow their seeds without consciously doing so (at least most of us believe plants can’t think). Plants spread only one kind of seed, seed of their own kind. We humans sow seeds of different kinds, seeds of encouragement but also of discouragement, seeds of kindness but also seeds of hate or indifference, seeds of help or seeds of hurt, and a huge variety of other seeds of influence that make the world a better place or a worse place. Like plants we may do the sowing of the seeds of influence unconsciously, but we also can choose to be conscious about how we go about sowing our seeds of influence. On the whole, it’s a good thing to be conscious of the fact that we’re sowers and that we leave a crop of good or bad behind us.
I personally take seriously Jesus’ teaching about sowing His seed of what He called the Gospel, the Good News. That Good News, in a nutshell (which is a type of seed), is that He came into the world to rescue us from our sin, offering to be our Savior in paying the price for our sin by dying on the cross. All we have to do is humbly accept what He’s done for us that we couldn’t do for ourselves, getting rid of our sin, forgiving it, and making us right with God. There! I just sowed the seed of the Gospel in the previous two sentences!
Just as there are varieties of seeds that plants spread so there are many ways we humans can spread seeds of kindness and goodness. God has made us all different so we’ll be sowing seeds of influence of different kinds. We just have to be ourselves, the unique self God made each of us to be, and we’ll have our own unique influence on the place where God has planted us. We just have to bloom where we’re planted and spread our seeds of influence from this our place!
“Now he who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food will also supply and increase your store of seed and will enlarge the harvest of your righteousness.” 2 Corinthians 9:10