March 2014 Posts

The First Thing You Should Do As a Christian

Keep Your Zipper Up

My wife Judy and I were excited to buy a home in Clearwater, Florida, but it came with a barren backyard. After talking it over, we decided to plant a few fruit trees. So I talked to a citrus farmer I had met at church and asked if he could make some recommendations. Jim said, “I’ll do one better than that. I’ll bring you some trees.”

That next Saturday Jim arrived with five fruit trees in the back of his oversized pickup. They were each about three feet tall and had a few branches and leaves on top. He explained that he brought two varieties of orange trees because they produced at a different time each year. When one was done, the other would just begin to produce its fruit. He also brought us a tangerine tree, a lemon tree and a grapefruit tree. “Thanks so much, Jim. I sure didn’t mean for you to do all this. I’ll take good care of them.”

“Yes you will, Rick,” Jim replied. “And I know that because I expect you to do exactly what I tell you to do to take care of them. I suspect you think that all you have to do is plant and water them, but there is much more to it than that.”