Thursday, March 6, 2008

I Wish I Was a Farmer

I know - you're like - "What the...??" - but it's true. I do. I mean there are all of the obvious reasons why anyone would wish they were a farmer. You know - fresh veggies, set your own work hours, tons of big cool farm equipment, etc. But the biggest reason for me would have to be this: a good farmer knows the seeds he is planting.

I mean no successful farmer is just going to toss a handful of seeds out into his field and then wait to see what shows up come harvest time. Rather, he is going to be very aware of the seeds he sows allowing him to reap the benefits of his quality seeds come harvest time.

So why can't we do this? Forget we - why can't I do this? I think back over my entire life and - whew - I planted a lot of bad seeds. I mean a lot. How many times do we act without thinking and have no idea who is watching? Who is grabbing a seed and letting it grow? Or how often do we speak with no consideration for the ears around us - the ears that our seeds are dropping right into. I do it a lot.

The closer we get to going to Africa to bring our daughter home the more I think about this kind of stuff. I wanna be a great role model for her - I wanna block all the bad seeds from ever getting near her - but the fact is I won't be able to do that.

In the adoption community - whether you know it or not - you are planting seeds like crazy. You are sowing the seeds for all of your friends and family who before you started this process had no idea what it was all about. And check this out - even ears you thought couldn't care less about adoption are listening. They are hearing. They are taking the seeds and it is growing - it can either be a good harvest or a bad one - but the seeds are there.

Here's my example - and this is so cool. I think it's a great example of how we affect and influence those around us so much more than we ever think we do. I don't see my niece and nephews very much. We live pretty far apart so when we do see each other we aren't sitting around talking about poverty in Africa or the global orphan problem. Instead we are playing flag football, bouncing on a trampoline, playing video games and just having fun.

So you can imagine how surprised I was when I got this voicemail from my oldest nephew shortly after MLK day this year. Check it out below:

Pretty cool to me. I was really amazed by that - I guess in my head it just never registered that he would even think about that stuff at his age. I am pretty sure I never did.

So thanks Will for being a real example to me of how the seeds we sow affect the world around us. I know I can't go back and unplant any bad seeds I may have sowed in the past but I can definitely go forward and be a better farmer.


Anonymous said...

I love it! Thanks for sharing this, not only were you touched by what your nephew shared with you but sharing these experiences touches so many others. Thanks for planting so many good seeds in my life and millions around you and Laura.


Paula said...

What an awesome post, Tymm. Really, food for thought. The video of your nephew was so cool. Look how much you have affected him. That is great.
Just today while sitting in a Dr's office waiting room I started talking to this older man about God and how there is no way creation came to be by "accident" as we were talking I noiticed this other woman eve's dropping on our conversation. I hope that maybe we planted a seed for her.

Susan and Dan said...

WE all have a responsibility to help these young kids "tend their gardens" and you guys are becoming awesome farmers! Very impressive!

Margaret M said...

Thank you for sharing this AMAZING story! That is one special nephew you have!

Anonymous said...

Beautiful. Thank you.
Amy in Michigan

Chris Sapp said...

That's beautiful. What a wonderful boy. You are right! We are planting seeds. I can't tell you how many people have been taken back, confused, even stunned when they learn I can have children biologically, I just CHOOSE to adopt. It is opening eyes. It is, without a doubt, evident your actions are trickling down. How very beautiful.

Unknown said...

How neat this is. It sounds like direct encouragement from God.

This is a nice reminder of the example that we set by just living our lives in the best way we can.

The adoption process never ceases to amaze.

Fliss and Mike Adventures said...

I am just crying right now... what a wonderful soul your nephew has...