Reading: Mark 4: 26-29
A seed needs to be planted. For something to produce fruit, a seed must first be planted in the soil. Then it must be nourished with water and sunlight. If it is properly nourished, it will grow and bear fruit.
Just like a seed, an idea must also be planted. Then, it too must be fed and nourished until it comes to fruition. After an idea is planted, planning needs to take place and work needs to be done before the idea is carried out.
When I was working at camp during college, I told the staff during our training that I could probably design an activity for the whole camp to participate in if they just gave me a single word. I was really only joking, trying to show them that in my mind nothing was impossible-- that we could do anything.
After our discussion, someone came up to me and said, "Dirt." I looked puzzled and he repeated, "Dirt. You should do an All-Camp Activity on dirt." I took it as a challenge. The seed was planted.
I nourished the seed by doing research on the four parables Jesus told about dirt. I based activities for the campers to do on those parables. If the campers adequately did their activity, they received a "prize." By doing all four activities correctly, they got a seed, dirt, a cup, and some water to plant a flower to take home with them. Just as I nourished an idea with planning, research, and work, the campers could nourish their flowers with water and sunlight to make the plant grow.
Nothing is impossible if you put your mind to it and nourish your ideas. It just takes hard work, persistence, and a little feeding. --Chad Hershberger, Camp Mount Luther Director
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