Not everything works, but we keep sowing
My wife Jamee and I grow lots of things at our home and on our hobby farm, which we call Wyndridge.
When it comes to producing food on our land, Jamee and I are learning as we go and living out the parables. You know the parable of the sower, in which birds come and eat the seeds that the sower just planted? In our case, we planted over a hundred pumpkin seeds for our patch, and wild turkeys came and ate them. Now we only have four plants growing in our patch. I’m a man of faith, but it will take a miracle to get a hundred-fold harvest from four wimpy vines.
We have a small vineyard too—a hundred vines that produce beautiful grapes for wine and amazing grape jelly. Vines at …
How Do I Measure Up?
I wonder if like me, you have ever compared how generous you are to how generous someone else is.
Every time I make a charitable gift or volunteer somewhere there is always someone else who has given more or volunteered with more enthusiasm and effectiveness. When I compare, I never measure up. In fact, I’ve been told by psychologists that we tend to compare ourselves to others in areas where we don’t “measure up” and rarely where we do.
This has gotten me thinking that in a way there is a sense of shame when it comes to generosity. Think about it. A nonprofit you care deeply about invites you to make a gift to their capital campaign. At first, you think the ask is way out of your reach but you …