Harvest Time

Galatians 6:9 tells us, “Let us not grow weary in doing what is right, for we will reap at harvest time if we do not give up.” This verse resonates with the story of Lou Holtz, a famous Razorback football coach. Before the Orange Bowl against undefeated Oklahoma, he dismissed two star players for breaking his “do-right rule.” Even talented athletes can be tempted to violate the rules, but true success comes from integrity.

Just like in sports, life offers constant opportunities to bend the rules or compromise our values. Social pressure might tempt us to rationalize a little dishonesty or slacking off. Our world often glorifies winning at all costs.

But Galatians and Coach Holtz remind us that integrity is a long game. It takes perseverance, hard work, and sometimes resisting the crowd. The “harvest time” refers to the future rewards of our choices. Doing what’s right might not bring immediate gratification, but it builds a foundation of trust, respect, and a clear conscience. These are rewards that last far beyond any temporary gain from cheating.

About the author

Webb Hubbell is the former Associate Attorney General of The United States. His novels, When Men Betray, Ginger Snaps, A Game of Inches, The Eighteenth Green, and The East End are published by Beaufort Books and are available online or at your local bookstore. When Men Betray won one of the IndieFab awards for best novel in 2014. Ginger Snaps and The Eighteenth Green won the IPPY Awards Gold Medal for best suspense/thriller. His latest, “Light of Day” will be on the bookstands soon.

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