“As ye sow, so shall ye reap…”

April 26, 2010 at 4:13 pm 4 comments

Sound familiar? You might remember this verse from Sunday school or from more recent study.  It is a profound principle with powerful implications. It is an enduring principle with a promise that underlies everything we accomplish, or fail to accomplish during our lives. It is the key to joy and abundance or to failure and frustration. It is a sure promise – as sure as the sunrise or sunset.  If we do something, something happens. Everything in nature and in life is based on this principle. We control what we sow, and in that way only we exercise SOME control over what we reap.

Yes, sometimes there are outside (uncontrollable) factors at work. My Mom and Dad for instance led great lives. They worked hard, planned carefully, spent frugally, exercised consistently, ate impeccably, and served tirelessly. Theirs were happy, healthy, full lives…..in life they truly reaped what they sowed. You’d have thought they’d live forever! However, Dad, at a very young 69 years of age was consumed by a rare cancer in less than six weeks…..and Mom passed away just a few months laterfrom the same foe (cancer).

“So, why bother?” some would ask. “Why even try to plan, to work, and to improve?” It is true that any one of us could be removed from this life at any moment by causes beyond our control. BUT, while we live, while we are able to choose what it is we will sow in our lives, we can rest assured that while we live we will reap and receive in life what we put into it. Effort produces results, honesty builds trust, respect leads to cooperation, and healthy living improves the quality of life. As Montaigne so aptly wrote, “the value in life lies not in the length of days, but in the use we make of them”.

Lead on……….. Cliff


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  • 1. Cheryl Rieker  |  April 27, 2010 at 6:31 am

    I would like to subscribe to this site.

    thank you

    • 2. cwoodbury  |  April 27, 2010 at 3:13 pm

      Thanks for asking Cheryl! With the help of my daughter 🙂 I’ve just made subscriptions possible of my blog at:


      Thanks again and have a GREAT day!

  • 3. Kim Woodbury  |  May 25, 2010 at 12:47 pm

    Chase is convinced that no matter how he eats, it won’t have anything to do with how he goes some day. So I read this to him to inspire him to be more healthy with me 🙂 We just made a green smoothie in your honor. YUM!

    P.S. Thanks for sending us the link to your blog. I may not be a manager, but I sure find it inspirational anyways!

    • 4. cwoodbury  |  May 25, 2010 at 1:16 pm

      Thanks Kim! I’ve been trying to get to Chase for years……now I know how! Have a GREAT day!


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