Last week at church, the pastor talked about the parable of the soils.
He asked us to look at it differently than it is usually presented.
There is the hard-packed soil, where nothing is produced.
The soil with rock underneath that has a bit of topsoil and it seems like something is growing, but it doesn't last.
The weedy soil that has the crop choked out of it.
And the fertile soil that produces much.
He asked everyone to look at their own heart as a field. And there all all those types of soil in that field. Everyone has areas where there much is produced and areas where things won't even get a chance to grow, well or otherwise.
It's a great way to examine one's self. It's so easy to look at other people and say, "Rocky, no fruit, not worth much." It's much more difficult to do that to yourself. We can always see where 'I' do well and 'they' don't.
So instead of trying to find the fault with everyone else and pointing out how they don't measure up, maybe we should work on our own fields.
After all, they need work too.