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Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Pick what you planted

The time finally came!
Last year I helped plant some strawberries with some family friends on their farm. Just over a week ago, we had the opportunity to go back and pick some of the fruits of our labour. The plants we put into the ground took root and bore much fruit!
The berries were big, juicy and delicious! Joel was in his element. He filled a 4 litre pail in no time at all. We were astounded, because he finished so much faster than either my wife or I did. Of course, he wanted to be done so he could go play with his friends. It wasn't until we got home and sorted through the berries that we discovered how he finished so quickly. Some of his berries were a little over-ripe, and some were not quite ripe enough. However, he did end up with 2/3 of a bucket of great strawberries.
It was great to pick some of the fruit of what I had planted. The question then becomes one of spiritual fruit. Are you planting the seed of God's Word in the people around you? I'm reminded of the words of St. Francis of Assisi: "Always preach the gospel; if necessary, use words."
What are you planting, and what kind of fruit is resulting?
Happy harvesting!
David

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