Commentary

October 26, 2012

We all have to make choices

by Bob Meissner
452 AMW Chaplain services

Back when I lived in the rural Midwest, late September and October were harvest times for farming communities. For many frantic weeks, farmers would be out in the fields from morning to night, trying to beat the first snowfall, harvesting the crops planted earlier that spring. In southwest Minnesota, the harvest normally consisted of two crops: corn and soybeans. It was obvious what had been planted in each field when harvest came. A farmer would not gather corn from his soybean field or soybeans from his corn field. Each field yielded exactly what was sown.

There are life lessons from ‘planting fields.’ Life is all about choices and we are defined by those choices. Sometimes those choices involve the good versus the bad. There is certainly some truth to that train of thought. You may have heard the phrase, ‘you reap what you sow,’ well, this idea comes from one of the Apostle Paul’s letters in the New Testament. There is a correlation in life to what we sow and harvest. If we are often angry about life and our circumstances, we may start to notice an increase in angry people around us. If we treat people with kindness and dignity, we may notice the people around us are generally supportive and kind.

At other times, our choices may be the challenge of choosing the good over the best. We usually have a sense when we choose between good and bad, but sometimes, good things can affect choices that are better for us.

Let me illustrate from my own profession. As a minister friend of mine was preparing to go out on his weekly visits, his young son asked when he was going to visit them in their own home. Good things can take us away from those most important to us. Find balance to include the best.

Rick Warren, pastor of Saddleback Church said, “Nothing shapes your life more than the commitments you choose to make.” So, what does your harvest look like? If it’s not what you’d like, maybe it’s time to reflect on what’s being sown. At the end of the day it’s all about choices, with some being good, some bad and some best. The good news is, tomorrow is another day with new opportunities for a new harvest.




All of this week's top headlines to your email every Friday.


 
 

 
Untitled-1

Seven little known facts about Memorial Day

As Americans get ready to observe Memorial Day with travel, family get-togethers and celebrations, let us not forget—it’s not about the BBQ. Memorial Day is observed specifically to remember those who gave the ultimate sacr...
 
 

Increased mission requirements open doors for continued military service

WASHINGTON (AFNS) — The Air Force is introducing several personnel and manpower initiatives to meet increased mission requirements outlined in the fiscal year 2016 President’s Budget. In order to enhance operational and mission capacity in support of combatant commanders, and to maintain readiness, the Air Force is setting a minimum active-duty force level of 317,000...
 
 
Natl-Better-Hearing-and-Speech-Month

Knowing signs of hearing loss, speech disorder are vital to well-being

May is Better Hearing and Speech Month, where we seek to raise awareness about communication disorders and learning how to recognize their signs. Below are things you should know, from the American Speech and Language Hearing A...
 

 

Quarterly Awards: best of the best highlighted

Airman of the Quarter: Senior Airman Dominique Acuna, integrated flight control specialist, 452nd Aircraft Maintenance Squadron.   NCO of the Quarter: Tech. Sgt. Ruben Davis, mental health craftsman, 752nd Medical Squadron.   SNCO of the Quarter: Master Sgt. Christopher Jugas, non-commissioned officer in charge of training, 452nd Security Forces Squadron.
 
 
DoD
AFN photo/Charlie Gill

Robert Sekula, man of many hats

AFN photo/Charlie Gill Robert Sekula, a broadcast journalist/producer working at the American Forces Network Broadcast Center, one of March Air Reserve Base’s mission partners, wears many hats. Robert Sekula’s ever-present ...
 
 
U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Kevin Mitterholzer

Recruits swear in at Military Appreciation Night

U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Kevin Mitterholzer Lt. Col. Erin Meinders, commander, 362nd Recruiting Squadron, swears in 13 new recruits to the Air Force Reserve, during the Inland Empire 66ers Military Appreciation Night ...
 




0 Comments


Be the first to comment!


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>


Directory powered by Business Directory Plugin