Luke 8: 5-8
A farmer went out to sow his seed. As he was scattering the seed, some fell along the path; it was trampled on, and the birds of the air ate it up. Some fell on rock, and when it came up, the plants withered because they had no moisture. Other seed fell among thorns, which grew up with it and choked the plants. Still other seed fell on good soil. It came up and yielded a crop, a hundred times more than was sown.
One thing I have come to admire about farmers is their persistence. One year they can have a huge crop and the next, if there isn’t enough rain or if it freezes too late in spring, their crop can be a disaster. Yet they keep on.
We can learn a lot from farmers as we share our faith. Some are going to turn a deaf ear. No matter what we tell them and no matter how we show them the truth, they will simply be too stubborn.
Others will have appear to have a dramatic life-changing conversation, only to fall away when things get tough. Through my years as a youth minister, I have seen many youth come to Christ during a camp or retreat. It seems as though nothing is going to stop them from growing and serving God in awesome ways, but as soon as we return home they are right back to their old ways.
I think what keeps a farmer going is the hope of that huge crop, the possibility of a great yield that makes all the time, effort, and stress worth it. When I get discouraged and it appears as though no one is hearing, what keeps me going is the understanding that eventually my message will fall on good soil.