As I reflect back on my Fathers short life, I marvel at how amazing he lived His life. Dad lived a simple life, yet a life that was full of purpose, meaning, intent and significance. I want to share some of the things that I have learnt from my Fathers life. I hope you are encourage, inspired and challenged to live a life that counts. A life that really makes a difference.
You cannot produce success without time and being planted
My Dad loved his garden…maybe it was the Greek in him. I rarely remember a afternoon where I didn’t see my Dad pottering around the backyard, pruning and watering his orange tree, checking to see how his mangoes were growing and caring for his vegie patch. I am amazed at how incredible the fruit and vegies were that Dad grew. Dad would always be so proud of his “fruit of his labour” and it was always so delicious. There was nothing better than fresh veggies for dinner, freshly squeeze orange juice every afternoon straight from the tree.
…So whats this got to do with life you are saying? Well a lot actually! If we are to “produce” quality lives we must commit to two things
Be planted ( decide what you want and commit to it)
If we don’t plant ourselves in something we can never grow. You cannot be a brilliant athlete if you are planted on the couch rather than the gym. You cannot be a brilliant musician if you are not planted in music class. What you aspire to be brilliant at, you must plant yourself in a environment where you can flourish.
It was not possible for us to have fresh vegetables and amazing mango and oranges each season without Dad ensuring the plants stayed where they were planted. When Dad planted those trees and after a year of not seeing any fruit, did Dad uproot them and thing “If I move them to another spot maybe they will grow”,No. Dad knew that the trees had to be planted before they produced. Its the same with us. If we are to get good at something we must commit to being planted and stick at it before we will succeed.
Be immovable ( no matter how long )
If you are going to succeed you have to make a decision to be immovable. No matter what the season is in your life. When the hard times come, challenging moment, disappointments and failures come…stay where you are. I remember when Dad first planted his Mango tree. Many people said to Dad there was no way he would get fruit on the tree. We do not live in tropical Queensland Australia,where Mangos are abundant. But we would watch Dad, year after year, prune his tree, water his tree and leave the tree where it was…seven years later we saw a tiny mango appear. If that Mango tree got jack of not producing in its sixth year and decided to uproot itself it would never have seen its fruit.
What are you waiting for in your life? Don’t miss out on your fruit but getting impatient. Wait, resolve to be immovable