October 10, 2017
Happy Tuesday, Wholetonians:
The Parable of the Sower. Matthew 13:1-9 “On that day, Jesus went out of the house and sat down by the sea. Such large crowds gathered around him that he got into a boat and sat down, and the whole crowd stood along the shore. And he spoke to them at length in parables, saying: “A sower went out to sow. And as he sowed, some seed fell on the path, and birds came and ate it up. Some fell on rocky ground, where it had little soil. It sprang up at once because the soil was not deep, and when the sun rose it was scorched, and it withered for lack of roots. Some seed fell among thorns, and the thorns grew up and choked it. But some seed fell on rich soil, and produced fruit, a hundred or sixty or thirtyfold. Whoever has ears ought to hear.”
There is nothing like the fragrance of dark, rich soil just before you seed it. But how does it get to that sweet-smelling, fertile condition? The ground must be prepared! Tilling the ground means turning over and breaking up the soil. This process opens the surface and brings the rich vital earth to the top. Then, and only then, is it ready for planting, and ultimately, a harvest.
It is amazing how many things have to be overturned or even destroyed before they become priceless. A caterpillar must transform before it becomes a butterfly; for gold to become pure, it must go through fire; to make wine, you must first crush the grapes; and before you have a harvest, you have to till the field, revealing it’s fertile soil. Now here is the takeaway of this week’s musing: ultimately, we, too, can be fertile soil.
Genesis 2:7, Then the LORD God formed a man from the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living being.
Just like the fallow earth that needs to be tilled occasionally, so it is with man. Sometimes we go through difficult, challenging, or hard times. But when we come through the hardship, we are all the better for it. Remember, everybody goes through hard times; great men and women learn from them. Have you ever heard the term, “investing in fertile soil?” Fertile soil is so rich that it always produces 30, 60, or 100 fold. So in other words … never be afraid to invest in people who are fertile and produce far more than they take.
When soil is good for planting, it is said to have integrity; the same can be said about people. I believe that all of the challenges I overcame growing up paved the way for me to release Wholetones … and the best is yet to come! I want to challenge you today, that no matter what you are going through, don’t complain about it, just get through it. Before you know it, your hardship will become the tool that made your fallow ground fertile—just never give up. Until next week…
Michael S. Tyrrell
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