Thursday, September 7, 2006

Lessons Learned from a Five Year Old

JB: Don't mow the grass tonight.
Me: Don't worry, I just mowed it yesterday. But why?
JB: Because I have a sunflower growing that I planted.
Me: Really?
JB: Yeah and I didn't even open the seed, but it came out anyway.

This conversation stuck with me all night even becoming the subject of a vivid dream where I was giving an unsuccessful talk and then I used this conversation as an illustration and it worked. Then at Mass yesterday:

I planted, Apollos watered, but God caused the growth.
Therefore, neither the one who plants nor the one who waters is anything,
but only God, who causes the growth.
He who plants and he who waters are one,


Lesson: Plant the seed and don't mow down the results.

3 comments:

  1. ... and don't rush things by opening the seed prematurely! Like helping the butterfly out of the cocoon too early and crippling its wings forever!

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  2. Very good lesson; I think there's a tendency to "mow down the results" through impatience.

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  3. Hey! Someone quoted that verse to me today at my Carmelite meeting....
    Hmmmm.

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