I was thinking about this topic today as I was passing a cotton field. One field was beautiful and getting ready to bust loose and produce a bumper crop. How did it get to that point? Hard Work!!

You see, that field didn’t start out as a cotton field… it was a small wooded plain or coastal plains… only salt grass and scrub oak growing there. Lots of work was required to turn it into a cotton producing field.

The Bible teaches us that we, “Reap what we sow!” It also teaches us that the harvest production depends on the preparation of the soil … (parable of the sower and the seeds).

So if we want real change and to have a harvest of good stuff in our lives, maybe we need to begin by taking a hard look in the mirror! Too often, we want to blame our circumstances, or others, when the truth is we are not always doing our part…

For example… do you speak life and optimism over your life and into others? Or are you negative about yourself and others?

Do you have unconfessed sin in your life that you are continuing to live in and not do anything about? Or are you clearing that field?

Are you ruled by fear … being afraid to step out in faith and live the life God has planned for you? Or are you taking that leap of faith?

Do you spend time alone with God… Praying, reading and listening? Or do you expect church to be the sum total of your spiritual life?

If you want real change in your life, you have to be willing to do the things necessary to get there. God opens the door but you have to walk through it… He never says it will be easy, in fact He tells us it will be hard.

So here’s what I want you to do! Pray and ask God to give you a vision for your future. You may say, “But I never get anything back!” Just pray… and trust Him to guide your path. Then examine your life…is there something I need to be done with?…. Ask God to forgive you and then turn from it… aka Repent!

Then I want you to do one thing, each day (at a minimum) that advances you in the direction of your dream/vision. Make a list of things you need to be doing and check them off as you go. This will require extra hours… that’s ok! It’s an investment in yourself…. sowing and one day you will reap a harvest.

So … do you want change in your life?

I think you do! Take the step… then take the next one…. then repeat!

Talk to you tomorrow!

Cliff