Quote for Day

“No farmer ever plowed a field by turning it over in his mind.” -George E. Woodburg

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10 thoughts on “Quote for Day

  1. Sounds like this farmer is stressed. I remember my mother telling my father ‘nothing ‘s going to get done with you just churning that thing over and over in your mind, that’s just making you sick”. And she was right. All that mental exercise with no action only made his blood pressure go up.
    Somehow this quote reminded me of this verse “Surely the churning of milk brings forth butter, and the wringing of the nose brings forth blood: so the forcing of wrath brings forth strife. (Prov 30:33). At least a farmer churning milk produces something. But turning things over within you with either no way or no desire to obtain the way to get something done would surely cause agitation and that could lead to a lot of indigestion.

  2. Yep, George has it right……You can’t “think” things done. You have to “put your hand to the plow”. Wow, this reminds me of the little boy in Rena’s class……”work, work, work”.

  3. The wisdom of that quote is found in Proverbs 20:4 which says, “The sluggard, the lazy man, WILL NOT plow when winter sets in; therefore he BEGS in harvest season and has nothing.”

  4. How many floors have we about worn out by pacing and turning a situation over in our mind. We may feel wronged or it’s is not how we imagined it should be. What a time waster. Many good things are left undone due to fretting. Would it not be better if we set our hand to the plow using the many talents we have. Which will be of more worth when we get to heaven – the talents we have acted upon or the things we fretted about. Someone asked me that today and what an embarrassing thought. Pull that nasty weed of fret from my garden and move on and like she said “Count Our Blessing One by One”

  5. Good point about fretting. It seems like a natural reaction of ‘concern’ to a problematic situation. But really it is plain evil and the Psalm 37:8 says not to do it because it only causes harm. Fret: ‘to eat or gnaw into; corrode; to cause to suffer emotional strain.’ And worrying won’t even add one hour to my life (Matt 6:27). So I agree with Needles and Rena…that plow is looking pretty good.

  6. Debi, you said, “Natural reaction?” Does this mean Action-Reaction? Example: We are still suffering 20 years later for an action we took 20 years ago. We are reacting to our action. Ok, maybe you did make a mistake or just think you made a mistake but your reaction is in the moment. You are judging yourself this moment for an action of 20 years ago. The action is self- judgement, self-rejection and the reaction is you find yourself guilty and then you believe it.

    Should the reaction be to the action of 20 years ago be I am forgiven by the blood of Jesus and I forgive myself. Therefore, there is no mistake according to Jesus and His work of calvary. Therefore, if, I am still reacting to the mistake, I am worshipping myself, self-idolatry. I think your scripture references assure me of not reacting to forgiven actions in an inappropriate way.

  7. I totally agree with this blog. We have built cities in our mind without picking up a hammer. An idea without work is a empty thought. It’s a thought without results. What good is a thought that has no outcome. It’s like eating empty calories. We just get fat with no nutients to help the cells in our bodies. An empty thought will just make us old with no work to help exercise our muscles. This is just time taken away from our Lord. Instead of letting plowing the field consume our mind, just plan a day to actually plow the field. Let’s replace our empty thoughts with purposeful worship. So let’s be like Nike, stop thinking about it and JUST DO IT.

  8. yep Tim you are right some have tried…..but sure didnt get anywhere….Like Chicken farmer said….weve got to stop thinking about it and JUST DO IT……cause if you want a corn field filled with ears of corn…you either get out there and work it and plant it…or you get busy and hired some one else…but some kind of action has to take place…out side the mind……dj

  9. Romans 12:2 Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.

    and, then we read on and get instructions how to go to work… 6 “In his grace, God has given us different gifts for doing certain things well. So if God has given you the ability to prophesy, speak out with as much faith as God has given you. 7 If your gift is serving others, serve them well. If you are a teacher, teach well. 8 If your gift is to encourage others, be encouraging. If it is giving, give generously. If God has given you leadership ability, take the responsibility seriously. And if you have a gift for showing kindness to others, do it gladly.”

    Needles said it well, “work, work, work”

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