First Things First
In life and living there is a natural law and order, and this is it: you reap what you sow.
When you understand and align yourself with this truth, you are then much better able to live with the awareness of consequence and to claim your power, live with purpose and manifest prosperity in all aspects of your life.
“Sow a thought, reap an action; sow an action, reap a habit; sow a habit, reap a character; sow a character, reap a destiny.” Stephen Covey
When you sow the seed of right thinking, you are beginning the cultivation process of right thinking, right feeling, right speaking and right doing, thereby preparing the garden of your life for the cultivation and harvest of what is right and what is good. What makes the thinking, feeling, speaking and doing right is that it is aligned with values, principles and ideas that hold the promise of your individual, and our collective, best and highest good.
"The word of truth, sown in a loving heart, produces a tree of life and a harvest of good." Clive deLaporte
As the orderly preparing of the soil, the sowing of the seed, the cultivating of the tree produces the beauty and good of the flowering and then the fruit of the harvest, so the manifestation of your highest good follows an orderly divine process of think it, feel it, speak it, do it, be it and see it show up in you life.
This reminds me of an inspiring First Things First story:
A teacher with a lively imagination once illustrated the principle of First Things First to her class. On a table before the class she had a large glass jar. She reached under the table and brought out a bag of stones. She emptied the bag of stones into the glass jar until it filled to the brim. “Is the jar full?” she asked the class. “Yes!” the class replied in one voice. She then reached below the table again and brought out a bag of gravel. She emptied the bag of gravel into the jar. The gravel filled in the spaces between the stones until it filled up to the brim of the jar. “Is the jar full?” she asked the class. Now with greater insight, “No!” they replied. She then did the same with a bag of sand, and a jug of water until all the ingredients filled the jar to the brim. “Is the jar full?” she asked the class one more time. “Yes!” they all replied, “now the jar is now full."
If the water was poured into the jar first, and then the sand, then the gravel and lastly she tried to put the stones into the jar, what would have happened? What would have been the outcome? One holy mess, right? Isn’t that what often happens with us and our lives? If we don’t know and order the things that are our highest good, don’t we often create one big holy mess?
Take time in daily meditation and reflection to determine and decide the higher spiritual truth values, principles and ideals that you desire to sow and reap in your life. These may be as general as Love, Peace, Forgiveness, Health, Wholeness, Abundance, or these may be as specific as being a more loving spouse, a more patient parent, more prosperity through a better job, or greater health by starting a fitness program. Follow your desire, aligned with higher intuition, and open to creative imagination.
Ask for insight and inspiration to bring your thoughts, feelings, words and actions into alignment with spiritual truth and watch the harvest of good happen.
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