watering seeds

Image credit: alexraths / 123RF Stock Photo
Image credit: alexraths / 123RF Stock Photo

Yesterday I saw my elderly neighbor at the end of my morning run. When he commented on my running outfit, I told him that the reason I run is to be as healthy as he is when I am as old as he is.

He responded by saying,

My grandmother told me that to live a long life, I always need to forgive those who hurt me.

This is a man who lived for 50 years under communism and now for another 20+ years in the roller coaster of uncertainty that has followed, and yet he has not forgotten the seeds of truth planted in him by his grandmother.

It is now my opportunity and responsibility to water those seeds – to help my neighbor discover God and the fullness of forgiveness that is found only in him.

Your turn:

  1. What seeds have been planted by someone else in the people you are called to disciple?
  2. What are some ways that you can water that seed?

Share your thoughts and make it a conversation!

6 thoughts on “watering seeds

    1. Rich, thanks for being a good example for me in all three areas!

      Since “physical training is of some value,” I’ve also started going to the gym. Today my trainer asked if I felt like sleeping after working out. I said no, but have since struggle to keep my eyes open the rest of the day.

      Striving for godliness, which “has value for all things,”


  1. It seems to me that you have an opportunity to water the seeds that this man gave you. You could bridge the conversation in this way.

    “What you say is a very good principle to live by. It reminds me of some things that Jesus said about forgiveness. “Unless you forgive others when they sin against you, your Heavenly Father will not forgive you.” This brings out another interesting point. In order to have eternal life, you must have God’s forgiveness. So how confident that God has forgiven your sins so that you may have eternal life?”

    I always find that it is easier to think of these kinds of responses after the fact than at the moment. This reminds me a prayer to pray constantly: “Lord, give me eyes to see those who need you and give me the words to point them towards you.”

    It will be interesting to see where follow up to this man’s question will lead. As Paul says, “Some plant, some water, some harvest but God gives the growth.” Maybe this man’s mother has planted the good seed in this man’s heart. You certainly have the opportunity to water that seed, and maybe this is the time of harvest!


    1. Thanks, Russ, for your good insights!

      My thought has been to break this down into two or three short and informal 3-question studies (what does this say about God? about us? if it is true, what would you do?), beginning with the passage you referenced (Matthew 6:14-15).

      I also appreciate the example of your prayer: “Lord, give me eyes to see those who need you and give me the words to point them towards you.”

      Together with you,


  2. great stuff kirk. please send me the exact link that i can send others so they can sign up for your blog. thanks and see you monday at the airport. jim


    1. Thanks, Jim, for the encouragement!

      People can sign up to receive new posts via email on the right side of each page in the box under my picture.

      (I am very pleased with wordpress.com, but this is the only way for people to sign up.)

      Looking forward partnering with you this week!



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