By Marnie Pehrson Kuhns
At the turn of the century, I met a woman who changed my life. I ran a web site called SheLovesGod.com and wrote a weekly article on inspirational topics. I posted these on the site and sent them out in my weekly newsletter.
One day, a woman named Leslie Householder contacted me about one of the articles. She needed advice on one of the topics I’d written about. We struck up a conversation that eventually led to her teaching me the laws of thought. This knowledge lifted me out of my financial bondage. I ended up showing her how to get her web site up and her books into print. Over the last twenty years she’s mentored tens of thousands of people on the information she shared with me.
Some time ago while spending a day with Leslie, I realized that had I never started SheLovesGod, then in my moment of crisis, this dear friend never would have found me. She held the answers to my prayers, but I never would have received those answers if there had been no SheLovesGod site for her to stumble upon in her moment of trouble. We simply never would have met.
Ecclesiastes 11:1 explains, “Cast thy bread upon the waters: for thou shalt find it after many days. Give a portion to seven, and also to eight; for thou knowest not what evil shall be upon the earth.”
If you don’t cast your bread upon the waters, it can’t come back to you when you need it most.
Every action has an equal and opposite reaction. What you sow is what you reap. What you put out comes back to you. The Law of Cause and Effect is a beautiful law for those who sow good seeds and invest effort into their dreams. It can be a scary law when a person sows bad seeds or is too lazy to invest their efforts in a worthy cause.
“There is a law irrevocably decreed in heaven before the foundation of the world upon which all blessings are predicated. And when we receive any blessing, it is by obedience to that law upon which the blessing is predicated.” (Doctrine and Covenants 130:20-21)
Universal and Divine Laws are like picking up a pencil. When you pick up one end, you pick up the other that goes with it. When you work in harmony with or obey divine and universal laws, you reap the associated consequences.
If you plant squash seeds, you won’t reap green beans from them. If you nest in hateful angry thoughts, you won’t create love and kindness in the world. As an information management student, our professors taught us, “Garbage in, Garbage out.”
When you put good things in the world, good will return to you in your hour of need. If you have sown good seeds, then in your moment of crisis, it will return to your rescue in the exact moment that you need it.
Whatever you put out, by eternal law, has to come back to you. Ecclesiastes emphasizes the certainty of this principle with two comparisons, “If the clouds be full of rain, they empty themselves upon the earth: and if the tree fall toward the south, or toward the north, in the place where the tree falleth, there it shall be.” As surely as heavy clouds send forth rain and as surely as you’ll find the tree where it fell, so assuredly will you reap what you have sown.”
There is a time to sow and there is a time to reap, but you don’t do both at the same time. You can’t be certain when or from where you’ll reap, but reap you shall. Most likely the person to whom you give, will not be the one to return your kindness. This is where most people trip up. They think they have to get back from the exact person to whom they gave, and that simply isn’t the way this law works.
Don’t hesitate when you feel led to do something good. Do it even if you can’t see how it’s going to pay off immediately. You can’t put good into the world without it circling back around to you. By law it has to!
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