Thursday, January 31, 2013

Make a Garden - Start Sowing Seeds!

Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows.  Whoever sows to please their flesh, from the flesh will reap destruction; whoever sows to please the Spirit, from the Spirit will reap eternal life.” Galatians 6:7-8

In the back of my childhood home on Summer Street, my Pop made a garden. I remember very clearly helping him from time to time planting onions and tomatoes. I helped him water and pick out weeds and of course, the best part, I helped him pick the fresh veggies for supper time.

God brought these memories to mind this week, as I’ve been cultivating my own garden. Not a real one, though. It’s ironic that I spent so much time with Daddy in that garden and I grew up with a black thumb. As my neighbor Elli says, I kill silk plants.

My garden is one that I’ve learned about recently while reading a book called Truly Fed by Gari Meacham. It’s a book about finding freedom from disordered eating and I highly recommend it. In Truly Fed, Gari teaches the principle of sowing seeds to God as a way to kill gluttony. She bases her observations on Galatians 6: 7-8.

Gari explains:

Sowing describes the action of scattering seeds, then nurturing and caring for their growth. Paul highlights that whatever persons sow – what they take their time doing, put their efforts into – will be what their lives reflect.

Sowing to the flesh involves eating when I’m not hungry, eating more than I need and eating to fill up discomfort or some other emotion.  I understand this. Extremely well.

Sowing seeds to the Spirit involves making choices that replace those eating choices. They are actions we choose over another action. 

So this is what I’m doing. I’m back in that small town in West Texas and I’m planting seeds. Here’s what it looks like:

Monday I went to King Soopers for some chicken broth to make in a lemon garlic chicken entrée. I saw some corn bread mix. Nothing wrong with corn bread, but I don’t need to eat it at night. I told myself, “No.” But I didn’t stop there. I decided to sow a seed to the Spirit. I prayed “Father, thank you for corn bread. Thank you for all the times I’ve eaten it. Thank you that You can satisfy me more than corn bread ever will.”

Yesterday, I chose to put the treadmill on an incline of 4 and walk. I’ve never done this and it didn’t take long for me to resemble an old lady fountain in the middle of the gym. I was dying. I chose to sow a seed. “God, help me. Thank you for the gift and it is a gift, to be able to move my legs. Thank you God, for inclines that will make my legs stronger.”

This morning I had a hankering for a donut. Nothing wrong with donuts. I was near the donut store and instead of driving over there for an apple fritter, I decided to sow a seed to the Spirit. I took a moment and got quiet and said, “God, you know I want a donut. But I don’t need a donut. Give me strength to just keep moving away from the donut store.”

According to Romans 8:6, sowing seeds to the Spirit lead to peace and joy. Just like those blue-sky summers in Van Horn, Texas, where I stood with Daddy and a bag and picked the vegetables, some day, I will reap the benefits of what I am sowing today.

Sounds simple, but for me it is new. And since I’ve been in this battle for so long, new ammo is just what I need. This will work in many areas of your life, not just weight loss. Try it. And watch how the Spirit will make your garden grow. 


Tanya T. Warrington said...

Thank you for this post. It is inspiring. I've been learning to pray more about my eating too. When I forget to pray about a non-healthy food choice I often trip up by the end of the day. When I think to pray first, God is faithful to give me help.

Robbie Iobst said...

Isn't He faithful, Tanya?!! :) I agree! I have to practice remembering to pray and sow seeds. SO easy to just eat without thinking. Thank you for commenting and may our Lord bless your journey!

Cheryl Barker said...

This idea of sowing seeds to the Spirit can be applied to many different areas of life, can't it?

All the best with your continued weight loss efforts, Robbie. I pray that sowing seeds to the Spirit will continue to be powerful ammo for you! :)