Sow love, and taste its fruitage pure
Sow peace, and reap its harvest bright;
Sow sunbeams on the rock and moor,
And find a harvest-home of light. – H. Bonar
As football and basketball seasons approach, you will often hear that someone is having a “breakout year.” You are given the impression by that description that the athlete so described has had an epiphany of sorts – all of a sudden he/she is tenths of a second faster, added strength, suddenly acquired throwing or catching ability, etc. over night. Very little is discussed about the hours in the gym, track, or field where improvement is obtained methodically and slowly.
A disciple’s soul seldom experiences an epiphany or a “Ah, Ha moment” as well. Souls like bodies or minds must be trained and nurtured throughout a whole life, never achieving perfection but improving steadily often outside the view of others. Our head coach used to cajole us “to get bettah” with every single practice, drill, game, or season. Our soul must be similarly trained with an even strength, always reaching upward with steadfast aspirations.