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Reaping and Sowing

Posted on: November 4, 2009

Just corresponded with my teacher in Facebook, and somehow when studies
where mentioned, I remarked that students should cherish the day when
they reap what they sow, i.e. get good results if they study hard
enough.

Suddenly I had this thought: If later in the working
world, what you put in is not equal to what you get out, they why
should we be trained, or even start to learn to think this way? Why
should we work hard to get good results, when in the end, there will
always be people better than you in the end?

I read someone
else’s comment on Facebook. It’s not fair, he said, that he should put
in more and still get nothing much out of it. Another friend who read
the comment said simply, ‘Life is fair’.

Yes, it’s easy for
someone to say life is fair when they are on the bell curve, when they
are smarter, faster, and maybe have the ability to work harder. What is
fair? Is the bell curve fair? Singaporean students are pushed to work
and excel in every area. They are kiasu
and hardy, they learn how to be competitive and strive for the things
they want. But in the end, not all will end up at the top. Someone will
always have to lose out. Does the perspective of ‘fair’ change
according to what end of the bell curve you are at?

Why do we
learn to be good and diligent and work hard, when in real life, reaping
and sowing are two different things? Why is a student taught to chase
after his dreams at whatever cost, only to be disheartened and forced
to give it up?

I find myself trying to answer these questions as I type.

I
guess it’s like a farmer would always have to sow and reap no matter
how his crop turns out. It’s his livelihood. He can’t control the rain
or sun, or how the crop turns out. It’s just something he has to do no
matter what. From young the child is taught to plough and plant so that
when he grows up he can survive. And as the complexity of life and
circumstances increase as he grows, he realizes that the crop turnouts
may not be fine. He can’t change that, but he can change himself. He
can’t change the nature of the field and his crops, but he can be
innovative and find creative ways to solve problems. He can also always
be joyous and depend on God to provide.

It’s just like us in
Engineering learning how to use simple models to solve real life
problems. In reality, the things we are calculating are much more
complex, and the models we use are a mere estimate, just like the
concept ‘you reap what you sow’, and may not be applicable in all
circumstnaces. But the little basic model, far-fetched and useless it
may seem in the long run, would prove to be valuable for the learning
and derivation of more complex solutions to a problem.

Life
cannot always be fair. This world is struck and marred so much that it
is imperfect. Disasters strike, circumstances turn one topsy turvy. The
guy whom you are envious of because of what he has and what he can
achieve may lose what is most precious to him the next day. People who
slog hard to earn a position and their possessions lose it all in a
blink of an eye, just like the day when the World Trade Center crashed
down.

There are many unfair things in this world, so much that
we’re numbed to those that do not concern ourselves. So much that we
see the only unfair things are us working for that academic cert which
might not last until goodness knows when. But one thing I know that is
unfair: Christ cruficified for my sake, and all I do is focus on small
little things like this when I should be concerned over bigger things
for Him.

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Before the throne of God above
I have a strong and perfect plea
The great High Priest who’s name is love
Who ever lives and pleads for me.

My name is graven on His hands
my name is written on His heart
I know that while in heav’n He stands
No tongue can bid me thence depart
No tongue can bid me thence depart

When Satan tempts me to despair
And tells me of the guilt within
Upward I look and see Him there
Who made an end to all my sin

Because of the sinless Savior died
My sinful soul is counted free
For God the Just is satisfied
To look on Him and pardon me
To look on Him and pardon me

Behold he lives the risen Lamb
My perfect spotless righteousness
The great unchangeable I Am
The King of glory and of grace

One with Himself I cannot die
My soul is purchased by His blood
My life is hid with Christ on high
With Christ my Savior and My God
With Christ my Savior and My God

Yes
we hate all things unfair. But yet, I shudder to think in this case,
what if things had been fair. No unfairness I go through in life, would
be worthy of mention before this uneven exchange, my soul for His life.
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2 Responses to "Reaping and Sowing"

U are just starting to learn that life is unfair ~ but Jesus is our hope

Haha, it\’s not like just starting to learn the world is unfair. I knew and accepted that long ago. But learning to live with it, that\’s the challenge.Personally, I don\’t think it is that unfair for me… I have been quite blessed as compared to many others, in a worldly sense.

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