Never Give Up

With the fall season upon us, we can't help but to think about cider mills and donuts.  The crisp air makes us grab the family football and toss it around.  We go and pick out pumpkins, bake pies and make camp fires.  Michigan is a great place to be during the fall season.  This time of year is also known has the harvest season. The fields are harvested, bringing in the ripe crops that were growing all summer long.   However, some years farmers experience what they call crop failure.  It is where the crops are damaged, killed, or affected in some way that they fail to form edible fruit, seeds, or leaves in their expected abundance. Maybe the field experienced a summer where it didn't receive the required amount of rain and the crop dried up...or maybe it rained too much and the seed drowned.  Perhaps it was the bugs that damaged the leaves or even some odd plant disease.  Either way, the farmer will be left disappointed.  The hard work that took place during those hot and humid summer days are all but gone down the drain.  The crop failure will turn into a financial failure which then could lead into a family failure. Throughout history, crop failures have triggered famines and required families to relocate.  All because the seed did not get the required nutrition. However, the farmer can not give up.  He must try again...the life and well being of his family depends on it.  Even though his harvest may not be as what he expected, he must plant again.  The farmer can not let the disappointments of today prevent him from planting again tomorrow.  You are that farmer.  Do not let the failures of the past whisper in your ear that this too will fail.  Do not let past mistakes become your identity.  Go out and plant again.  Go out and water that seed again.  If you don't...you could miss out on the greatest harvest your life has ever seen! And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up. Galatians 6:9