This week we have the wonderful opportunity to hear directly from one of our DE students, Joshua Grunwald. Thank you to Joshua for taking the time to share these encouraging words with the Groves community.

Sowing and reaping in the schooling journey

Many times, in the years I have been in school, I have come to the point where assignments are due, I need to prepare for exams, attend chats, keep on top of my classwork and it all seems too much. Sometimes it feels like there will be little reward for the twelve years of your life that you devote almost entirely to education. But there is a principle which we find within the pages of God’s Word, the principle of sowing and reaping, or planting and harvesting. I would like to look at a few verses which mention this concept, with the aim of providing a little encouragement to you this week.

Firstly, Psalm 126:5 says that ‘Those who sow with tears will reap with songs of joy.’ Although it may all seem too hard now, one day we will be greatly joyful if we follow through and learn what we need to learn.

Ecclesiastes 11:6 gives us more insight into this idea of sowing and reaping: ‘Sow your seed in the morning, and at evening let your hands not be idle, for you do not know which will succeed, whether this or that, or whether both will do equally well.’ We must enthusiastically throw ourselves into everything we do, because we do not know which of our endeavours will prosper.

2 Corinthians 9:6 shows us another principle along these lines. ‘Remember this: Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously.’ If we sow our seeds sparingly in every area of our life, we will not reap generously. Only those farmers who sow their seeds liberally receive a bumper crop at the end of the growing season.

Lastly, I want to share a verse from Galatians 6:9. It says, ‘Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.’ My brother, studying engineering and business at QUT, has told me many times that the things I am learning now will come back again and again – and not only if I decide to do engineering! Every job uses many of the skills learned in school.

I hope this will be a small encouragement to you if you are perhaps struggling in one or more subjects – sowing your effort will always result in a harvest. Even if this harvest does not come straight away, it will come someday, and you will be glad you persevered!

Thank you also to all of the teachers who help us every day as we sow the seeds of a life of learning. I really appreciate their help.

Keep up the great work everybody!

Joshua Grunwald
Year 10 DE student