It seems the planting metaphor in life philosophy is endless. Here’s the latest I found.
“The farmer may only be planting a seed. But if he opens his eyes he is feeding the whole world. Go, plant a seed today.
But remember why you are doing it. Will your action be like a farmer who could not see beyond his own field? Those who know that a seed can and does feed the whole world, will experience the splendor of the world. Build a new vision.”
There’s this old joke of a farmer and preacher that comes to mind –
A farmer purchased an old, run-down, abandoned farm with plans to turn it into a thriving enterprise. The fields were grown over with weeds, the farmhouse was falling apart, and the fences were broken down.
During his first day of work, the town preacher stops by to bless the man’s work, saying, “May you and God work together to make this the farm of your dreams!”
A few months later, the preacher stops by again to call on the farmer. Lo and behold, it’s a completely different place. The farm house is completely rebuilt and in excellent condition, there is plenty of cattle and other livestock happily munching on feed in well-fenced pens, and the fields are filled with crops planted in neat rows.
“Amazing!” the preacher says. “Look what God and you have accomplished together!”
“Yes, reverend,” says the farmer, “but remember what the farm was like when God was working it alone!”