"The man who
plants and the man who waters have one purpose, and each will be rewarded
according to his own labor." (Romans 12:13)
One night, a
brother walked to a church and saw four young men loitering on the street
corner. He invited them to attend a meeting; they all agreed and promised to
come back the next Sunday to attend Sunday School. Gradually these four
young men became core members of a new Sunday School class. Afterwards, many
young people joined the Sunday School class and it became successful.
later, the brother who started the church Sunday School class was about to
retire. Some brothers and sisters wanted to give him a surprise birthday
party. They decided to locate these four persons, who helped to start the
class, so that they could send some congratulations to the retired teacher.
When the congratulatory letters were read out loud in public they realized
that one of them became a missionary in China, one was the president of the
Federal Reserve Bank, one was the secretary of President Herbert Hoover, and
the last one was the then President of United States, Hoover himself.
It takes ten
years to grow a tree, and a hundred years to grow a person. Investment in a
child's life is the most worthwhile. The question is what do we want to
teach the children? Some parents send their children to different classes to
learn to play musical instruments, dancing, or encourage them in exercise and
fitness, as well as forcing them to high academic achievement, for the goal
of attending an Ivy League school. Learning is important, but there is no
emphasis on character building, or real faith in God. They end up being
high-income taxpayers only, and more skilled at evasion. They cannot
understand the will of God in their life and cannot live out the glory of
God, and become beneficial for humankind. They can only go along with the
world, and cannot lead the people onto the right path, and lay the foundation
for the future to come.
If you have a
handful of pine nuts and want to grow the tall pines. Maybe you cannot
predict which seed will grow into a big tree, but you can provide the right
environment, constant care and protection. Our work is sowing seeds, making
sure the tree grows is God's matter. But one thing is certain, if we do not
plant a seed, we will never see the little seeds become huge trees.