LIVE: Reap by the Spirit — Take Inventory Part II: “Seed or Weed?”

LIVE! … By the Spirit™ with Kathleen E. Walls

Take Inventory Part II:  “Seed or Weed?”

© 2010 Kathleen E. Walls

September 16, 2010

As I was thinking about how what we reap is often reflective in people’s behavior toward us, I was reminded that our behavior towards others is indicative of what they have sown.  In that moment, I realized that sometimes our behavior toward others is reflective of being a well planted and nurtured seed; while at other times our behavior is more reflective of a weed.  Therefore, it is important for us to take inventory and determine if our behavior is that of a seed or of a weed?

The Golden Rule states “Treat others as you want to be treated”.  Throughout life, many of us unconsciously react, respond and interact with people based on the way people have interacted with us.  These types of learned interactions and responses become “automatic”, our “go-to-behaviors”. Some of these behaviors are reflective of our highest Divine selves.  Our interactions with others have taught us how to be compassionate, nurturing, caring, concerned, loving, etc.  We in turn give these same characteristics to others.  It is apparent that we are seeds that give back and encourage and teach others to exhibit the same type of behavior. At other times, we learned and exhibit behaviors that are not reflective of our best self, at these times we are behaving more like weeds.   Weeds do not strengthen the life around them and often work against that which has been planted.

The Golden Rule is so simple and, if lived and honored at all times, can greatly influence our thoughts, words, and behaviors.  The Golden Rule can help us consciously and intentionally continue to exhibit “seed” versus “weed” like behaviors.  By keeping the  Golden Rule conscious, we would remember that each action is a message to others of how we want other people to treat us, how we want other people to think about us, how we want other people to talk to us.

As you are taking inventory for the second time, and determine which of your behaviors/actions are seeds versus weeds, I encourage you to take a moment and think before you act and speak.  I encourage you to take a moment and ask yourself, “self, how do I want other people to treat me and speak to me in this situation if the shoe were on the other proverbial foot?”  After that, take inventory of how effective it is for you to take a moment before you speak and act.  Determine if giving yourself this pause/break helps you represent the seeds that have been planted in you.  Determine if giving yourself this pause/break helps you exemplify the Golden Rule.

As you continue to reap the benefits of the seeds that you have planted, remember to represent the seeds that have been planted in you.

God Bless and continue to Live By the Spirit.

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