Is Consumerisim Trashing Our Potential?


Yes!! A fresh picked cantaloupe from my garden was on the butcher block ready to be diced into a fabulous summer treat {insert big cheesy smile}. Slice, it was nothing new… then something unexpected happened in that knife piercing moment: the seeds slimming out of the middle seemed to have a message…

For the first time I realized how trashing those seeds would be a huge loss of potential. Then the thought, “Seeds are a gardener’s treasure!!” “The original plant came from an heirloom variety, which holds marvelous potential to produce… hundreds, thousands, possibly millions more just like it!” My mind was racing and reality struck my heart with sincere conviction.

As a gardener, I’ve learned how to harvest, save and re-sow seeds. After successfully propagating them, I began sending them all over the United States and even as far away as Germany! As word came back about the harvest others were enjoying, the learning penetrated deeper, “If I had thrown them away this potential would have never been realized….”

So now, I’m asking myself, “How much potential am I trashing in other areas?”

Life is not disposable or replaceable – we are packed full of seeds.

Our cultural grooming in consumerism makes disposable and convenience attractive. On the contrary, God has creatively designed things to last…flourish and multiply. In explaining the Kingdom of God, Jesus tells us, “It is like a mustard seed planted in the ground. It is the smallest of all seeds, but it becomes the largest of all garden plants, it grows long branches, and birds can make nests in its shade.” (Mark 4:30-32) It’s a simple lesson in giving attention to the small things: Seeds.

As we continue our learning and growing, I’d like to offer any reader who “digs” sowing seeds – a healthy portion of those cantaloupe seeds. If you’ll post a note below, I’ll make arrangements to mail you some seeds from my seemingly insignificant little urban farm in Tulsa, Oklahoma. It will be fun to hear how much further this lesson can go!!! ~ Denise


Originally Published for on April 15, 2013


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