Now He who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food will supply and multiply your seed for sowing and increase the harvest of your righteousness.                     2 Corinthians 9:10

What did the tree say to autumn? Leaf me alone. What did one autumn leaf say to another? I’m falling for you.

Ok, so they are bad jokes, but I still love autumn.  In fact, Fall is my favorite season, not only because of the beauty of the season, the colorful leaves, but also because of the get memories and connections it carries.  Every Fall, Kathy and I attend an Ohio State football game and we reconnect to a very special time in our lives.  We both put in a lot of hard work in our college years.

I especially remember the years I was a part of the Pride of the Buckeyes, the Ohio State University Marching Band. We worked hard in marching band.  Practices were a grind. Coach Woody Hayes would always say of the band that no other group, outside his football team, gave a greater effort.  I know him to be right, for I remember squad leaders always getting on us to pick up our feet, to get our music memorized and to always give it our best.  As a matter of fact, as we prepared to go out on the field for half-time, the Drum Major would always shout to us “Pick up your feet, turn your corners square and drive, drive, drive!!!”  It was always a great feeling when we would come off the field knowing that we had given our very best, using our gifts and talents to entertain the masses.

Best efforts are so important in all aspects of our lives; in school, in our work, in our family life and in our faith journey.  You’ve heard the saying, “You reap what you sow?”  In the Bible it says “Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows bountifully will also reap bountifully. (2 Corinthians 9:6). It is true in all aspects of our lives, what we put into it will determine what we get in return.

As we enter into the Fall season, it is always a time for evaluation for the church.  How are we doing making disciples for Jesus Christ?  I believe it is also a time to take a look at all the aspects of our lives and see how we are doing and where we might improve.  So, as your pastor, I ask you: How is it with your soul?  How is your faith life?  Are you in prayer regularly?  Do you have a devotional life?  Are you worshiping weekly?  Are you involved in a spiritual growth group? (Bible Study, Sunday School Class, etc.)?   Are you close to God?

If you need help in any of these areas, please talk to God about it and if you need any spiritual guidance, my door is always open.  Together let us sow abundantly. God will provide the seed. We just need to give our best effort and be ready to reap the bounty of God’s abundant grace.

Enjoy the beauty of Fall and the fullness of God’s love,

Pastor Jeff