Plowing and The Harvest.
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1. Be Curious.
2. Be Amazed.
3. Tell about it.
I get in lots of trouble being curious.
But I also learn so much.
The best stories begin with a simple question, “I noticed you . . .”
Most folks are more than happy to share their story.
I saw him in the busy Atlanta airport.
Reading the back of his T-shirt, I hurried to catch up.
“I hope you’re not offended, but I noticed your shirt.”
He smiled. “You like it?”
“Sure. What’s the story?”
He nodded at his wife. “We’re farmers in Indiana. We’re returning from a conference on the East Coast. The shirt was my brother’s idea.”
“I like it. What’s the verse below it? II Chronicles 15:7?”*
“Read it. You’ll like it.”
We shook hands.
He continued on toward Indiana while I resumed my journey to Dry Creek.
I didn’t get his name.
Didn’t think to take a photo of he and his wife.
But I won’t forget his shirt. For some reason, at this stage of my life journey, the saying resonated with me.
Everyone wants a harvest.
But few will plow.
Everyone wishes for the reward. The good crop.
But few will plow, sow, tend, weed, water.
We want things and we want them quick.
That’s not how it works in the farming world.
I’m not sure it works too well in the real world.
Good things take time.
The team that lifts the world championship trophy in a joyous locker room has paid a price to get there.
Lots of plowing, sweat, self-denial, teamwork, countless practices.
What a good word.
*But you, take courage. Do not let your hands be weak for your work will be rewarded.
-II Chronicles 15:7
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