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It’s easier to plant bush bean seeds than it is tomato seeds.

Why? The bean seeds look like shriveled beans and are relatively large and easy to handle.

The tomato seeds, depending on the variety, can be quite small and slightly harder to manage.

But the tomato vine grows larger than the bush bean plant and the fruit is heftier and move visibly pleasing.

The point is this — smaller seeds do not equate with less important seeds.

Actually, they’re sometimes filled with more potential fruitfulness.

And then there’s the mustard seed, a tiny little thing smaller than the tiny seeds baked onto the surface of gourmet breads.

Though tiny, it can grow and grow and grow.

That’s why Jesus cited the mustard seed as an illustration for the potential of our little words and deeds of kindness and integrity planted into the lives of others.

“What shall we say the kingdom of God is like, or what parable shall we use to describe it? It is like a mustard seed, which is the smallest of all seeds on earth. Yet when planted, it grows and becomes the largest of all garden plants, with such big branches that the birds can perch in its shade.” (Mark 4:30-32)

Don’t worry if your brief word of reconciliation or deed of encouragement doesn’t appear impressive to others or even to yourself. A mustard seed isn’t impressive to look at, either.

Instead, consider how that seed can grow and then you’ll rejoice for the privilege of having planted something for which God promises to bring an increase via His power, not ours.

Remember, you and I are surrounded by lonely, tired birds looking for shade.

As always, I love you

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