Scarcity vs. Abundance. Your Harvest Depends on the One You Choose.

Sowing and reaping. Planting and harvesting.

My husband Jack and I plant a garden in our back yard most every year. We will often have 3-4 rows of corn, dropping a couple hundred kernels/seeds into the ground when we plant. My cousin Terry is a farmer. He drops hundreds of bushels of kernels/seeds into the hundreds of acres of land he farms.

Obviously, Terry’s crop is much larger than ours. He starts out with more land to plant and plants exponentially more corn than we do.

This physical concept works in every area of our lives. We can choose to live with a scarcity mindset or an abundance mindset. Whichever we choose determines the amount of seed we plant, and thus the harvest we will enjoy.

The scarcity mindset says to keep all you produce, there’s never going to be enough to share. Abundance says to share what you produce, there’s always plenty.

We often get wrapped up in the thought that all we have is God’s. We can even begin to think that is authoritarian and inequitable.

What we often don’t realize is
that as Christ-followers,
all God has is ours.


Believer, we are not sowing from our own produce, we are sowing from God’s — whether we’re talking about physical seed, financial seed, or spiritual seed.

As followers of Jesus, we have Him, His presence, His glory in us. He has opened the storehouses of heaven to us. We are not bound by the limitations of our circumstances.

It’s often said that we can’t outgive God, and while it sounds like a nice, trite sound bite, it’s truth. Our generosity with what God has provided us breeds generosity in others, and blesses us in ways we can’t conceive.

Next time you’re in the drive-thru lane, pay for the meal of the person behind you.
Sitting in a restaurant and notice a mom and a child? Pay for their meal anonymously.
See a Christmas Angel tree? Take a couple angels and fulfill wishes for them.
Donate to your favorite listener-supported radio station.
Give to your local homeless shelter.
Find families who need help and pitch in.

See someone struggling with life and recognize that path they’re on? Go and walk that familiar ground with them, revealing to them how God brought you through and be there to help them along.

That one-day mission trip your church is going on? Make plans to be there and share love with those you’re serving.
The church nursery needs help? Time to step up and love.
You have the chance to lead a small group? Start pouring in those spiritual seeds.

Be generous with what you have, allowing God to bless others while blessing you. There’s plenty, even when it doesn’t look like it, and your harvest will be crazy wonderful — even more than you can imagine.

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Faye Bryant

Faye Bryant is an author, coach, and speaker who helps individuals escape the lies of the enemy, live into God’s truth, and build a better life by first feeling, dealing, and healing their way through a stuck future or an abused past, toward a deeper path of purpose, and into the unhackable life of their chosen legacy. Hers is a story of resurrection: from death to life!