My husband insisted we plant a vegetable garden this year. It makes me laugh a little because he doesn’t eat vegetables. I mean, he eats corn and potatoes, but do those really count? They are starches, right? Anyway, he wanted me to have fresh veggies. We made it easy and only planted tomatoes and peppers. He did all of work. Isn’t that sweet? He won’t get any benefits of the garden, but he took the time to till the dirt, plant the vegetables, and water the garden.
I married well, I’m telling you.
Anyway, yesterday I was out on our little patio and saw one tiny green tomato. I think we have six plants and out of all of them, there is one lone tomato. Instead of being discouraged that there was just one, do you know what I felt? Totally happiness. When he got home, I took him out to the garden to show him our baby green tomato.
Soon the garden will be overflowing with red ripe tomatoes, as long as we keep watering and weeding it. We may even (definitely will) have an overabundance. But, it will have all started with that one tiny tomato that I spotted last night.
I think sometimes we get caught up in end results. We want everything right now. It’s hard to wait through the growth process. But, we need to remember that all things have a beginning. We have to start somewhere. Celebrating the little accomplishments are important. Quit judging yourself for your “lack of’s”—lack of faith, lack of devotion, lack of joy…whatever it may be.
Did you get up this morning and spend time reading your Bible? There is your tiny green tomato! You have a start! Now, continue to do that every day. Add in prayer time. When you worry, start asking Jesus to take your worry from you. Begin to trust. Weed out the things that will choke your growth. Quit concentrating on the negative. Change your thinking. You can’t expect to have a mature faith in God, a strong Christian walk, without starting with those first steps. It takes work and nurturing. But, if you stick with it, you will soon find yourself overflowing in God’s goodness—so much so that you will have enough to share with others.
“To achieve this, you will need to add virtue to your faith, and then knowledge to your virtue; to knowledge, add discipline; to discipline, add endurance; to endurance, add godliness; to godliness, add affection for others as sisters and brothers; and to affection, at last, add love. For if you possess these traits and multiply them, then you will never be ineffective or unproductive in your relationship with our Lord Jesus the Anointed;” 2 Peter 1:5-8 The Voice.