Cultivate: (v) to promote or improve growth by labor and attention.
It is unfortunate that most religious individuals are so busy toeing the line—seeking God, criticizing sin and thinking of heaven—that they miss out on much of the beautiful poetry and insight contained in the Bible.
The Bible is like every other book I’ve read: there are parts I like, characters I enjoy, story lines I follow and truths I garner.
Within the Good Book, there is the parable of the farmer who plants seed in the ground. Then he sleeps—but he rises night and day to discover that the seeds have grown, but he does not really know how.
In the midst of that parable, this line appears:
“The Earth produces by itself.”
It’s so true.
We, as humans, actually rebel against the obvious, which steers us toward being kind and generous.
We have to be bratty to not see that the Earth itself teaches us to recognize one another in fairness and justice.
And we have to be total ignoramuses to resist the inclination to love rather than kill and destroy.
Our job is to plant seed.
After this, the Earth itself will show us how these efforts need to be cultivated:
- What needs to be done to become an entrepreneur
- What is required to be an excellent parent.
- And the next steps needed to cultivate any venture and take it to a new level of growth.
Sometimes in America we forget to cultivate the way the Earth tells us. Then the weeds start showing up, and we begin believing that the weeds are in control.
Too bad. It’s a simple little system.
Plant your seeds.
Rise up and be astounded over the growth.
Then let the Earth itself tell you what to do next.