The Fruits of our Labor

 

 

          Autumn time is, for me, a time for all of us to take account of everything that we have in life. It’s a time for us to enjoy the hard work we have committed too. To stop and see the bounty that we have created. It is also a time for us to share our bounty with our neighbors and loved ones. This tradition was born for me out of the Pagan observance of the Year Wheel. After the harvest families and friends would come together and share the bounty with each other. Our American Thanksgiving has deep roots in this observance. Looking at this ritual from the eyes of a Jedi allows me to see the many benefits to be gained from it.

          The first and most obvious benefit comes from giving to others. As Jedi we are encouraged to lead a life of service and charity. Giving away the fruits of our labor and sharing them with others is a great way to help. Not everyone will have a surplus to share, and others may be in need. By sharing we are helping to insure that everyone has the ability to rejoice in their hard work. That everyone has something to be thankful for.

 By coming together to help those in need we are also helping to strengthen the community. We are creating deep bonds for everyone involved. Something has changed the way people see each other anymore. Neighbors don’t talk like they once did. Communities don’t come together like they used too. Bringing people together to share a meal, to break bread, helps to repair that damage. The intimate nature of sharing a meal with someone helps to break down the invisible barriers we have placed between us. It reminds us of our commonalities and our shared struggles and experiences.

Last but not least we are able to enjoy ourselves and have a good time. It’s okay to have selfish motivations behind our good works. It is okay to feel good about what we do. There is no shame in finding a good time while doing good works. So I encourage all of us this season to learn from the traditions of old. Take stock of what you have and, if you can, help somebody else to be thankful. If you do, you might just be surprised what fruits may grow from that labor.

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Yes, sometimes people question when they do a favor or donate their time, some feel like that charity is a waste of time, my idea is from the root word "fruit" fruit takes time to ripen to actually become usable at the best time. and some people...

Yes, sometimes people question when they do a favor or donate their time, some feel like that charity is a waste of time, my idea is from the root word "fruit" fruit takes time to ripen to actually become usable at the best time. and some people want results now, I am personally guilty of this, "I've done this now give me this" unless something is promised you donate your time, you chose to help with no reward, but like a fruit, sometimes the reward comes later when you least expect it in a form that isn't a result of instant reaction. Those who are patient will be able to have the reward, those who expect something out of it when not promised something, they walk away in a huff, and may never get the fruit due to their selfish give me attitude. this is a lesson I learned through experience, when you help people I don't care if it's small deeds, it will come back around as when you give your good force energy to someone's way, the force will work it's way back to you as the force flows through everything including you. An energy like the Force in my feeling can't be created nore destroyed it can only be recycled & reused, maybe by several others before it reaches you, like I said it all comes back around.

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The energy you put out always comes back around. Thank you for the reply.

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Thank you for this great reminder. I am actually planning a virtual pot luck this Sunday so it is very timely.

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Have a great time!

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We sow, to ensure that in the future we might reap. Communities are interdependent, and we have gotten away from that sense of community in many areas of the U.S. Why is a rant I'll spare you all the burden of, the point is, I get it.
We can all...

We sow, to ensure that in the future we might reap. Communities are interdependent, and we have gotten away from that sense of community in many areas of the U.S. Why is a rant I'll spare you all the burden of, the point is, I get it.
We can all work to engender greater trust and bonding within our own communities, and not be ashamed of the idea that community and social dynamics do include reciprocity.
Good sermon, this week, and may the Force be with you all.

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When I lived in Utah for a year, I volunteered at the local soup kitchen every Thursday. It was great to help out those who didn't have much, if anything, and I still believe that if we put in a little effort to help the people around us, they...

When I lived in Utah for a year, I volunteered at the local soup kitchen every Thursday. It was great to help out those who didn't have much, if anything, and I still believe that if we put in a little effort to help the people around us, they will help us become better Jedi in the long run. Thank you for the wise sermon.

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