Ag in the Bible – 10 More Simple Ways to Make Life Better
Time gets away from us doesn’t it? It seems like it was just Easter – nay, New Years, and here it is approaching Thanksgiving. Christmas items have been in the stores for months. The problems of ‘life’ have been many – drought, storms, crops…hundreds of things that make life busy. It’s easy to feel like we’re on a spinning top but if we are then we’re missing a whole lot of *life*!
1. Step out of the whirlwind. Most of us if seeing a tornado bearing down don’t think “I’ll just stand here and see what it’s like to be on the inside of it.” We move to safety. Yet when life’s “busy” whirlwind comes we jump right in. Meetings and games and kids’ activities…just slow down. We don’t have to say yes to every opportunity.
2. Spend some reflective time alone daily. This is time to think over how the day went, what you learned, how to make tomorrow better. It steps back just a bit and sees things from His perspective, not just ours. Don’t have time? Seen #1!
3. Nourish body and soul. I’m forever on Connor to slow down at meals. I tease him that it can disappear so fast there’s not a chance to taste it. When our days are rushed we eat fast to get back out there rather than enjoying the company of those around us, enjoying the food and provisions.
4. Watch crops and critters grow. Observe the differences in His time…crops don’t spring up overnight ready to harvest. So we don’t have to have instant everything either – observe these times, the differences from day to day and week to week.
5. Make Sunday special. For as long as I can remember whatever else happened and was going on we had Sunday dinner together. This has continued with whoever is near home migrates to the farm on Sunday for some down time with family. Establish those traditions – a meal, some down time with a movie on Sunday afternoon or a walk through the field. Down time.
6. Picnic time. Make an impromptu picnic. Many do this during harvest with tailgate meals that save running back to the house. Enjoy the surroundings, the time together.
7. Enjoy company. We pretty much stick to our life – I don’t care what the neighbors are doing nor do I wish to interfere or intrude on their lives. However, socializing is anything but avoided! Whether it’s ice cream at midnight with other farmers at a conference, or sitting around sharing life stories with non farmers, we enjoy company and sharing life with others. Don’t be too quick to jump up and run off!
8. Get enough rest – this recharges the mind and body. It helps focus better and can reduce accidents. Too often, especially during harvest, accidents disrupt families and the farming community. Long days are needed to get the harvest in, and when lambs are being born or other short term task loads – but don’t overlook the need for rest.
9. Enjoy seasonal abundance. When the gardens are plentiful, can and preserve some for the winter. Enjoy those fresh from the garden meals!
10. Recharge spiritually. “Because so many people were coming and going that they did not even have a chance to eat, [Jesus] said to [His disciples], “Come with me by yourselves to a quiet place and get some rest.” Take some time daily to hear Him, enjoy His provision around us.