You cannot reap if you do not sow.
This thought has been on my mind quite a lot lately. You see, I’ve faced quite a lot of expenses these past weeks starting this blog.
This might not seem like a big deal to many who have walked the road before me, but I come from a background where thrift and saving money and resources is extremely valued. So for me to go “out there” and spend so much just on a blog seemed like a luxurious expense and a bad case of vanity.
Yet I didn’t start this blog out of vanity but in the hope to be able to use it as a more efficient outlet for my profession and to make a living from it in the long term.
Still, again and again, I had to overcome this inbred reluctance to hit “proceed” when checking out. But with each expense I faced, this principle came back to me and it helped me “proceed”. And the more I “proceeded”, the more I started to understand this principle – at least in its financial aspect.
Everything you get always comes at a price
Sometimes you get to name the price and sometimes you don’t. But most of the time, you get to choose whether or not you wish to “proceed”.
The bottom line is just this: you get nothing from nothing (that’s actually a translated French proverb: On a rien sans rien) You can’t expect anything from anything without putting something into it. Ok, I realise that’s a very confusing sentence, so let me just give you a few examples.
- You cannot expect your work to bear fruit if you don’t invest time and energy into it.
- You can’t grow friendships if you don’t invest the time and energy (& sometimes money!) into it.
- You (usually) can’t expect excellent grades if you don’t work hard for them.
I know there are some exceptions to every rule and to some people things just seem to come naturally. But chances are, most of the time, there is a lot of hard work, time and financial expenses tied up with success. It’s a price and most of the time, you get to set your price point depending on your values and priorities.
Beware of setting a low price point
You have to be aware that setting a low price point will often result in low returns. That’s not necessarily a bad thing. Like, you value family more than riches, so you decide to spend more time with them than at work. If that works for you and you are happy living a modest lifestyle, then that’s great!
Other people value work and riches way too much and leave their families and health shattered along the road. So I’m not saying what you should or shouldn’t do. I’m just saying that whatever you choose to sow or not to sow, and especially how much or how little you decide to sow, usually determines what and how much you will reap in return.
It’s just a spiritual principle that translates into the physical world and you can’t change it.
So, if you can’t change it, you have to learn to work it to your advantage!
In other words, if you want abundance, success, great friendships, a great family or marriage (or find the love of your life!), you have to decide what it’s worth to you and how much you are willing to put into it for the results you want.
And please remember that good things take time to grow. So don’t let your impatience ruin your investment!
No farmer goes digging under the earth looking if the tree is yet growing!
Just be patient, be willing to wait and trust that however much you sowed will be restored to you with dividends.
One word of caution (& Disclaimer!)
Unfortunately, there is such a thing as investing time, money and other resources in the wrong business. So before you venture out, make your research, get advice and then make a conscious decision to take the risk if you think it’s worth it.
Two final verses to round up this weekly thought:
Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly. 2. Corinthians 9:6
There is that scattereth, and yet increaseth; and there is that withholdeth more than is meet, but it tendeth to poverty. Proverbs 11:24
Thanks for reading and, as always, have a blessed day,