Today’s Scripture: And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not. Galatians¬†6:9

Why do we faint in well doing? Why do we quit when it gets tough? There is a correlation here to the principle of sowing and reaping.

There are reasons why we faint in well doing. One reason is that we have a poor concept of life. We are discouraged by the brutality of this life and haven’t sown seeds of joy. Those who are continually cheering people up with their disposition and encouragement will be less likely to faint when the trials come.

Why isn’t there joy in your life? It is because you have failed to sow it. Do you realize that if you are gracious, mannerly, and kind, you will receive that same treatment in return? If you respect your children and treat them with love, they will respect and love you. If you respect your spouse, they will respect you. If you respect your boss, he will respect you. This is what I enjoy about the principle of sowing and reaping-the responsibility is squarely on self.

There are people who refuse to have joy in their lives. They have a little conflict that they complain about to other people and let fester into a huge problem. Life is a bummer to them. The Scriptures say that they will be more susceptible to fainting in well doing, for they have not sown joy.

Have you sown joy in your life? Do you have a sunny disposition, always trying to cheer people up and lift their spirits? Planting joy and happiness within your heart will better prepare you for the tough road ahead.

Devotional by Pastor Jim Scudder, Jr.