Although it is past my bed time, I had to share a success I had today. With farming there can be many disappointments and discouragements, so I think it is very important to take note of the successes and remember them when you feel like giving up. Actually, it’s an important thing to do as we live out our lives.
2 Timothy 2:4-7 says (ESV) “4 No soldier gets entangled in civilian pursuits, since his aim is to please the one who enlisted him. 5 An athlete is not crowned unless he competes according to the rules. 6 It is the hard-working farmer who ought to have the first share of the crops. 7 Think over what I say, for the Lord will give you understanding in everything.”
Although this passage says the hard-working farmer “ought” to have the first share of the crops, it doesn’t always mean they do. But when we do have a success and our hard work pays off, it is a great encouragement at the present time and also in the future at those times when we face that ever lurking feeling of disappointment that tries to get us to stray from our course and get “entangled” in civilian pursuits!
So tonight as I am about to go to bed, enjoying a small success pertaining to our farm, I want to share it with you. You see, today, Matthew, Kyle and I spent hours moving the majority of our chickens and turkeys around to different pens to accommodate their changing needs. At one point during the day, we each became tired and a bit discouraged and we were ready to take a long break. But we persevered and as the sun went down we finished the job.
The success I keep hinting at was not the end of our work (although completion of the task was great), it was getting to sit down to a home cooked meal that consisted of almost only things that had been produced on our farm. We had two roasted chickens (hand processed only two weeks ago here on the farm), carrots and potatoes (that I dug up right before I put them on to cook) (yes it was worth it even if I did begrudgingly dig them up) and a salad fresh from the garden.
As the family sat around the table enjoying the wonderful meal we had all worked so hard for, we got a glimpse of the vision of healthy food produced locally on our farm. So next time we have a long hard day of work and we are tempted to quit, I dearly hope we can look back and remember our small successes and use them as an example that we did it and can continue to forge ahead in our farming and also in the other difficulties we face in this thing we call life.
Trying To Remembering And Not To Be Discouraged,