“Honor the Lord with your wealth, with the first fruits of all your increase” (Proverbs 3:9)
What “first fruits” are you harvesting from your garden?
Isn’t it exciting to see the first fruits ripening before one’s very eyes, doesn’t one’s mouth water with anticipation of tasting the first berries, peaches, apples, etc of the season. What a blessing it is to walk outside one’s back or front door and harvest our daily bread and for this we are extremely grateful for this opportunity.
But before I am tempted to pluck the first blueberry or strawberry of the season and pop into my mouth savoring the warm sweet juices, I have to pause and remember that this harvest is not ours alone. These first fruits belong to a Creator who has given us soil, seeds and rain in which we gain our freedom & sustenance and so we offer them back the earth as a token of our appreciation.
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