Trading Your Plans for a Life That Matters
Due to setting aside a successful career to embrace the particular dirt of this earth and grow from it life individuals, Jason and Tay Brown’s story is certainly close to my heart, obviously. The creators of First Fruits Plantation in North Carolina, the Browns are uniquely equipped to inform us about noticing plus relishing God’s harvest in our lives. I really could not love their story more ! A true life of company. It’s the pleasure to welcome these to our farm’ s front side porch today….
guest article by Jason Brown
uring our first harvest at First Fruits Farm in 2014, we all saw how much hunger there is, even in our little area of North Carolina. All of us knew we had to keep giving.
Give, God tells us. Give till it damages. It’s been hurting for a while now.
But we’ve never been happier.
First Fresh fruits Farm has truly turn out to be, in practice, Every Fruits Plantation. Except for what we should hold back for our family, all of us give the food we grow away.
Food banks and soup kitchens depend on what we develop. We’ve donated more than a mil pounds of food considering that we started.
But it hasn’t been simple. We’ve wondered sometimes how we’d be able to keep performing what we’re doing.
People have told us that what we are doing is not sustainable —that we can’t maintain giving away everything we grow and hope that the miracles will still keep arriving.
“You keep giving help like this, ” my father sometimes tells me, “and pretty soon, you’re going to be the one that needs some help. ”
He’s got a point. But I also recognize that I’m attached with a kingdom with unlimited resources — that I’m loved by a generous God.
And so we maintain giving. We keep operating. We keep doing what Our god called us to do.
I am working harder now than I ever did actively playing football. I’m sacrificing a lot more now than I actually did playing football.
And some people might wonder, Why bother? Precisely why put so much into this particular work when, compared to the NFL, you’re getting so little from it?
But here’s the between my life then and my life now: When I go to bed, I have a sense of peacefulness and satisfac tion.
The stress that I felt playing football is gone. And, although it’s been replaced by different stresses, I know that will all my complications come with a purpose. A mission. I know that what I’m doing at this point isn’t just for me. It isn’t even just about all the particular thousands of people who might or else go hungry.
It’s for Lord. I’m doing exactly what God has truly called me to do.
One of the Bible’s most famous verses is Philippians 4: 13: “I can do all things through Christ which strengthens me” (nkjv). Occasionally when you hear ministers preach on that verse, they concentrate on the “I can perform all things” part. “I can do almost all things! ” they say, and they talk about the miracles that the disciples plus apostles performed: healing the particular sick and curing the paralytic and even raising the dead.
But you know what? The context by which Paul said that has nothing to do with excellent, miraculous happenings. He has been talking about being strong through difficult circumstances and finding a sense of contentment even in the midst of them.
Paul was saying, Look, I know what feels like to be hungry. I know what it feels like to be full. I know what it feels like to become rich, and to be bad. But I’ve learned how to be content material in every state. “I can do everything through Christ who fortifies me, ” Paul mentioned. That’s where the stress should be. Paul wasn’t talking about miracles; he has been talking about finding peace by means of God’s plan, even when that will plan is hard.
I know what it’s like to be rich, and also to be poor. I know exactly what it’s like to have everything, and I understand what it’s like to weep out to God in the middle of the dusty, fly-infested field.
My life of comfort is gone. I tension and I sweat and sometimes I wonder how the next bill will be paid. Yet I’m content. I’m content in Christ, because He strengthens me.
God called me personally to be a farmer. And you know what? He’s calling you to something too. He is knocking on your door. He’s whispering your name.
You may think this might sound crazy at first. You may worry what people would say if you actually dared to listen.
But you know what? Listen anyway. Stick to.
The life you find may be unusual and uncomfortable. It may be hard. It may press you to what you think will be your breaking point and keep pressing you—pushing until you cry in pain and frustration plus anger.
But follow anyway. It’s only by using that you can find real satisfaction. It’s only by following that you can find real purpose.
For all the function I do, for all the weariness that will sinks and settles heavy into my bones, I wake up every single morning, look out the windowpane, and feel… amazed.
I can’t believe that God allows me in order to steward this place. We can’t believe how blessed I am.
I see the sun rise over the barn, the sky colored orange and purple.
I hear the birds in the oak trees and shrubs beyond.
I actually breathe in the scent from the animals, the plants, the water in the air.
Plus I feel God beside me. Above me. Everywhere. Since I am correct where He has called myself to be.
Jason Brown grew up in Henderson, North Carolina and played football at the University of North Carolina. After being drafted by the Baltimore Ravens within 2005, Jason became a free agent in 2009 and has been signed by the St . Louis Rams for $37. 5 million, making him the particular highest-paid center in the league. Three years later, Jason left out several lucrative offers from your NFL and bought a one, 000-acre farm near Louisburg, North Carolina.
Jason could be the author of Centered, the particular inspiring riches-to-rags-to-true riches tale of how he left behind the lucrative career in the NFL to buy a 1, 000-acre plantation in North Carolina. He has been farming full-time since 2013, and he gives everything that he develops to the poor. He and his wife, Tay, have been married since the year 2003 and have eight children.
This particular riveting story of a top-earning NFL center and his household who walked away from everything to follow God’ s contact to alleviate hunger as farmers—a life they knew nothing at all about—illustrates the sacrifice and ultimate reward of obedience to our heavenly Father even if it doesn’ t make earthly sense.
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