Saturday, 18 March 2017

What it takes...


Luke 13:6-9

The Parable of the Barren Fig Tree
Then he told this parable: “A man had a fig tree planted in his vineyard; and he came looking for fruit on it and found none. So he said to the gardener, ‘See here! For three years I have come looking for fruit on this fig tree, and still I find none. Cut it down! Why should it be wasting the soil?’ He replied, ‘Sir, let it alone for one more year, until I dig around it and put manure on it. If it bears fruit next year, well and good; but if not, you can cut it down.’ ”

A lot of manure
That's what it takes
Hard work 
And a lot of manure 
The willingness to graft
to do what we can
to provide the best possible conditions
to encourage growth and fruitfulness
And then patience and acceptance...
Patience to wait
on forces beyond our control
to play their part
to enhance and bless...
and acceptance of the outcome
whatever it will be
when another judges our effort.
Hard work
and a lot of manure.
That's what it takes.

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