Thursday, July 12, 2012

Easy Does It

If you’re the kind of person who likes agendas and schedules, don’t take up agriculture. Oh, it doesn’t hurt to plan ahead, but on any given day, what you get done is what you get done.

Weather is sometimes predictable but never controllable. Plant thriftiness can be managed to some extent but with widely varying rates of success. Desired animal behaviors and health can be encouraged but not depended upon. Buildings, infrastructure, vehicles, and machinery can be maintained but deteriorate or suddenly fail. Economic factors and markets vacillate. Human ideas are fallible, emotions are fickle, and strength is variable.

On top of that, unforeseen stuff happens…neighbors need help; hay buyers stop by; heifers need rebred; the power goes out so the automatic waterer no longer works, so the horses have to be moved; and prairie fires roar over the hills, headed straight for the ranch, calling for heroic efforts to save cattle, hay, and house (happened to friends and family just a few weeks ago)!

The nature of agriculture calls for farmers and ranchers to be diligent and hard-working but also easy-going and patient. This makes for quite an interesting combination of personality traits, which are not always easily balanced!

“For God did not give us a spirit of timidity, but [He has given us a spirit] of power and of love and of calm and well-balanced mind and discipline and self-control.” –2 TIMOTHY 1:7

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