Don was a rancher. He was straight out of a movie. Bowed legs, well worn saddle, horse, rope, weathered face and callous hands. He even had the seasoned cattle dog at the ready. Don was a rancher. 

In order to feed the vast herd of cattle he owned, crops had to be planted, watered and harvested. The work literally started before dawn and ended way after the sun had made it’s celestial journey. 

I worked for Don throughout high school. It was hard work and probably the best job I ever had. Strange dichotomy. 

In all those years, I never saw Don walk outside, put his finger in the air to check the wind, then shrug his muscled shoulders and mumble “well, the wind is blowing, guess I’ll get back in bed”. 

Didn’t happen. Ever. 

Neither did I see him look at the clouds, and once again mumble, “looks like rain. Back to bed”. 

Didn’t happen. Ever. 

You see, Don understood something. He understood the Law of the Harvest. 

Reaping and Sowing. 

Plant a seed.

Water that seed.

Keep the weeds at bay.

Maintain and protect the young plant. 

Then, in due season, reap the harvest.

This law hasn’t changed since the beginning of time. 

Don knew if he didn’t do the work, regardless of the circumstances, his herd would suffer come winter. 

So he worked. Rain, shine, heat or cold. Pleasant weather or brutal Idaho winters, he plodded out into his fields and ranched. 

We would do well to follow his lead. 

Furthermore, the wisest man ever, Solomon, backs him up. 

Ecclesiastes 11:4

He that observeth the wind shall not sow; and he that regardeth the clouds shall not reap.

In other words, quit looking at your circumstances and get to work. 

Simple as that. 

I know, I know, I know. 

You may not have the right pedigree.

You may not have the right name.

You may not have the right bank account balance. 

You may not have the right education.

You may not have the most experience, the best past or the highest position. 

Quit looking at what you don’t have. Look at what you do have. 

You have a God who is able to multiply your efforts and who causes mountains to move. 

Quit looking around. Do the work.

Regardless of the circumstances.

Without sowing, there is no harvest. 

Don understood this…


About the author

I have been involved in active ministry for over 27 years. I have served as Youth Pastor, College and Career Pastor, Assistant Pastor, and Texas District Sectional Youth Director.

Currently serving under Pastor Andy Wilson at Center First UPC in Center, Tx.

Married to my wife, Andrea, for almost 33 years. We have 2 grown children and 2 grandchildren with the 3rd on the way in March of 2021.

I am the creator and founder of wholeloaflife.com, a website focused on empowering individuals to move from Bread Crumb Living to a Whole Loaf Life. Using Biblical principles, we teach how to apply the Word to our everyday lives and equip believers to Live for God and Live for Good.

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