It’s that time of year for Standardized Tests…Administered to students year after year, checking progress, numerically assigning how well or poorly a student is progressing. I’m so glad God doesn’t require them. Can you imagine? Below is a passage from the Gospel of Matthew. Choose the response that BEST answers the questions. Behold, a sower went forth to sow; And when he sowed, some seeds fell by the way side, and the fowls came and devoured them up: Some fell upon stony places, where they had not much earth: and forthwith they sprung up, because they had no deepness of earth: And when the sun was up, they were scorched; and because they had no root, they withered away. And some fell among thorns; and the thorns sprung up, and choked them: But other fell into good ground, and brought forth fruit, some an hundredfold, some sixtyfold, some thirtyfold. 1. Which of the following BEST describes this passage? a. You reap what you sow. b. Plow and prepare a garden before planting. c. It is good to feed birds. d. You are the sower and the seed is the Gospel. I thank God this isn’t the case. No matter what the questions, how hard or easy, when the standard is Jesus and the life He lived, we’d never measure up. But we can be sowers and all of you who write about God changing lives are sowers. And I thank God for each person who puts pen to paper or fingers to keyboard. Everyone who writes about God’s love. And remember as in the parable of the sower, while not all the seeds grew—those that did find good ground brought forth a great deal of fruit. May God Bless Each of You, Happy Writing!