Judge each day not by the harvest you reap but by the seeds you plant. (Robert Louis Stevenson, 19th century Scottish poet)
We always appreciate a good harvest. When the tomatoes come in, full and ripe, we are pleased with the number and relish their taste. Likewise, when our business plans succeed, and we produce good products and market them successfully, we’re very happy. But, when it comes to living a productive life, Stevenson helps us discover a better way to evaluate our impact.
They [who fear the Lord]. . . share freely and give generously to those in need. Their good deeds will be remembered forever. They will have influence and honor. (Psalm 112:8-9)