You Reap What You Sow…

Written by Scott

Topics: archives, Faith, Work

reap what you sow


Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows.
Galatians 6:7

Confession: when I’m wronged, I have a great desire to make it known and to right the wrong.

I’m pretty sure I’m not alone in that.

But back a bit…in 2005, to be exact…as just one example…there was a time some things were being said about me both personally and professionally that were completely off-base. And I fought it…and fought it…and fought it some more. I documented, and I planned. And ended up leaving a particular company that I’d been at 6.5 years because of, or at least in great part due to (which in the IT industry is virtually forever).

In the end, though, that verse was a great reminder that in times like that, sometimes the best thing is to realize that what is sown will be reaped–on both sides. Not saying we shouldn’t stand up for ourselves, but sometimes the best revenge is letting the words and actions of those wronging you to catch up to them. And they will.  As will you. Go on with your life, doing what you are supposed to be doing.

In this particular case, my departure from the company was like the opening of a floodgate: within a month, another manager left; within three more, another…and the next year the trend continued.  And two years later, this long-time stable business of almost 20 years closed its doors because of the words and actions of the owner (new owner–founder sold the business a year before I left).  THAT was my professional vindication.

Best part was this: years later I’ve run into former clients that have told me their impression of the things that happened and things that were said. THAT was my personal vindication.

What examples do you have?