Tuesday, January 7, 2014

The Law of the Harvest

"As a Man Sows, So Shall He Reap" (http://www.latterdayconservative.com/howard-w-hunter/the-law-of-the-harvest/).  This is the Law of the Harvest. There is a trend in today's world to dismiss this time-tested and ancient law. We expect to sow time on Facebook, and reap good grades. We expect to sow idleness, and reap satisfaction. We expect to sow tweets and texts, yet wonder why we don't reap knowledge of the scriptures. We are either, today, expecting wheat by sowing tares, or expecting wheat for doing nothing. We expect to learn to play Football without putting in the effort to practice.

In short, we are all inherently lazy. We must learn to work. I am not saying that we all need to become farmers and perform back-breaking manual labor all the time. It is good to have enough expertise in the field that there isn't a real shortage of food right now. But, the lack of the need for work on the farm has, in large part, played a role in the entitlement society. Many people today are demanding a "living wage". It sounds nice, but really, it's a way of trying to get something for nothing (or at least more for less). 

They seek not to learn, nor to better their situations (in many cases). It is in essence, the desire to be idle outside of a regular job. The Lord is very clear on the topic of idleness. "Thou shalt not be idle; for he that is idle shall not eat the bread nor wear the garments of the laborer" (Doctrine & Covenants 42:42). The days in which we have the most satisfaction are the days when we had everything to do, and we succeeded. 

The Law of the Harvest is as in force today as it was in the days of Adam, and so shall it be until the end of the world. Thou shalt not be idle!