Quote of the Week – Sow Bountifully

4 Jun


I came across this quote today by the poet and novelist, Robert Louis Stevenson. We can see why he had such a prolific talent with words. His writing was an inspiration for Nobel laureates like Hemingway and Kipling.

But what can we gather from this vitalising quote?

Well, my interpretation is this, to make some kind of contribution to the world no matter how small. We can make a difference – wherever we are, in whatever we do and however we can. Each one of us is blessed with talents which if we have the faith, courage and passion to grow, we’d be sowing good seeds.

Be productive with your talents, invest them in a mission that matters, it may become your greatest gift to others. God takes what we sow and transforms it into abundance. Just as a tiny pea yields a plant laden with peas, He takes our efforts and multiplies them in our behalf. We can never be certain when, where or what seeds we sow will yield a harvest. But they will!

This verse from 2 Corinthians 9:6 captures it eloquently, “whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows bountifully will also reap bountifully.”

In other words, God promises to supply abundantly those who give generously. But this is not simply to enrich us personally so that we increase our own comfort, convenience or purchasing power, but rather as a means to a greater deed – generosity to those in need.

God’s faithfulness in giving to us is so that we may give to others as an expression of His righteousness. When we give generously we display the reality of our faith by those deeds. Giving evokes gratitude for the grace of God.

We have all been called to sow bountifully. What may initially appear to be a loss (sowing) is in fact a gain (reaping). As one sows, so one reaps. So as Robert Louis Stevenson’s quote goes, “Don’t judge each day by the harvest you reap, but by the seeds you plant”.


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6 Responses to “Quote of the Week – Sow Bountifully”

  1. Em-Jae June 5, 2010 at 12:56 am #

    What a fabulous quote and equally as fabulous entry.

    Thanks for the comment! I’m so glad to hear you’ve found you a job that makes you happy — turns out it wasn’t such an unreasonable search after all! 😉

  2. Douja June 5, 2010 at 5:04 am #

    Well said, we are the mere farmers of life instilling life into the soil we call minds. In order for the plants of knowledge to be able to grow and flourish we must contribute time and effort into each seed…

    Great post!

  3. kazzles June 9, 2010 at 5:42 am #

    I like this, I was thinking about how I plant things in my garden that sometimes don’t grow (I’m a bad gardener) but how important it is that I at least planted them.

    • Atticus June 9, 2010 at 3:31 pm #

      Hi Kazzles, you’re right, planting the seed is the most important step. Whether it grows or not will be as much owing to nature as well as nurture. This applies to both gardening as well as ourselves : )

  4. lazfreedman June 16, 2010 at 7:52 pm #

    Great Quote..
    I see poems
    as seeds…
    at times


    • Atticus June 16, 2010 at 10:17 pm #

      Quite true Laz. Some of the great poems like those of Kipling have timeless relevance. Poetry as an art has certainly inspired many over the ages.

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