So let us not grow weary in doing what is right, for we will reap at harvest time, if we do not give up.  Galatians 6:9

A lesson I am working to teach my children, every day, more than any other is “Do right, be the light, choose kindness, accept all and strive to love.” The challenge with this is that there is no instant gratification. There is no award, no accolades given for choosing to turn the other cheek….to choose peace, or kindness. It’s moreover quiet and ordinary and not celebrated.

The reality is that extraordinary acts of patience, acceptance and kindness do not reap rewards like a farmer harvests his crops. There is no harvesting, weighing, and market value for being kind.

Our faith is never about accolades. We don’t choose to help, lend, donate, spread love, feed, stand in the light or promote peace and inclusivity and acceptance because we are hoping to fill our own baskets and feel important. We do it because our sense of reaping a harvest is watching love and acceptance grow within our community.