“For everything you have missed, you have gained something else, and for everything you gain, you lose something else… (and from his journal) The whole of what we know is system of compensation. Every defect in one manner is made up in another. Every suffering is rewarded; every sacrifice is made up; every debt is paid…” — Ralph Waldo Emerson

There is a scripture in the New Testament, Galatians 6:7-9 that says, “Do not be deceived, deluded, or misled, God will not be mocked; for man will always reap what he has sown. If he sows to please his immediate lust, he shall of this lust, reap a lower benefit. If on the other hand, he sows with a lack of selfishness and for a higher benefit for all, then the benefit will be of greater value. And, let us not lose heart and grow weary in acting nobly and doing right, for in due time and in the right season we shall reap, if we do not loosen and relax our courage and wind up fainting.”

I would like to point out is there are many that apply the law of sowing and reaping, but they are not necessarily good people. They might be of the mind to take advantage of others for their own personal benefit and yet what they plant they reap and reap very well. What most do not realize is, as is stated above by Mr. Emerson and in the Bible, you will reap what you sow. It seems all of us get a bit judgmental on what others should or should not get based on what we believe of them or their lifestyle. We are quick to decide what they should or should not receive.

Many who we see in the news that were mega wealthy wind up being people of shady character and are eventually caught or take their own lives. Many people, though they are good, do not have much in material wealth, as they have not fully implemented the seed sowing principle to their advantage. The point is, regardless of your personal religious belief, if you apply the seed sowing principle correctly, you will find it will work to your advantage. What you must also recognize is ALL of your thoughts and actions have consequences and these will wind up bearing fruit. When they do, the fruit may not be good and you will wind up reaping what you have sown. So bad or good, you will reap.

What we also need to realize is we often inappropriately focus on the lives of others instead of self. This is obvious when we are picking them apart and deciding what they should or should not get. We need to be focused on what we are doing and how we can better ourselves and our service to those around us. For this will make us more valuable to the market place from which will come our compensation. What is it you are doing to make you more valuable to the market place? Would it be focusing on the faults of others to make yourself look better or could you forget what others are doing and begin to work on yourself? I would say the latter would be the best way to begin to change your life for the better so you may start reaping a beneficial harvest.

When we read what Mr. Emerson said or Paul said in Galatians, we find this is written to each person specifically. Each as an individual will be responsible for where they are and what they received in life. Yes, we can receive something from our parents or others as a gift, but what will we do with that gift if we are not capable of properly appropriating it? In most cases we will lose it to a lack of wisdom which will be a compensation of our inability to properly handle money or affluence. In a few cases there will be those capable of stewarding the monies and will be able to benefit as a result. This is the exception and not the rule.

Thinking of compensation is often more difficult with regard to those that have passed. Not being able to see the real picture of who, what, when, and why, we are unable to rightly process the passing and as a result we may take on the thought of who cares seeing as how we all pass anyway. The truth is, we, who are alive and remain after the passing, are responsible, as it says in the Bible, to occupy until we also pass. We must remain active, productive, caring, and sharing with those around to help them better their lives and in turn enrich our own. We may not understand everything that happens to and around us, but we can trust in that which was stated in Galatians and by Mr. Emerson, that compensation comes to each of us individually and thus we are responsible for the compensation. We are responsible for making sure our lives our lived to the fullest.

As Mr. Emerson said in his essay on Compensation and other writings, “You must decide to make life pay you what you want from it.” “Beware what you set your heart upon, for it shall surely be yours.” “Don’t be pushed by your problems, be led by your dreams.”

In case you may not have noticed, all of the above, are about compensation. The choice is yours. How will you be compensated?

Best of LUCK as you
Labor Under Correct Knowledge…


Rick Cox