Saturday, September 15, 2007

Inherit the Land: Adventures on the Agrarian Journey

I've recently heard that our friends at Franklin Springs Family Media is nearing completion of their new DVD: Inherit the Land: Adventures on the Agrarian Journey. In Inherit the Land, they tell the story of several families as they pursue an agrarian lifestyle. "We’ve traveled across the US and captured stories of families experiencing the joy of working in God’s creation. From a simple garden in a suburban backyard, to a full-fledged multi-generational farm, these stories will not only encourage those who are contemplating an agrarian path, but all families who have a heart turned toward home."

This is one DVD I've been looking forward to seeing ever since I first heard about the project. I was planning to wait until after it was released so I could get a copy and share my thoughts on it, but since they are now having a "Pre-Order" sale, I thought I'd let you all know about it now.

You can visit their website where you can not only find out about their special pre-order sale, but you can also view the movie trailer and get a few sneak previews! Having just watched the trailer myself, I can't wait to watch this movie with my family!

My Ways Are Not Your Ways

These past two weeks have been very busy at work. The company I work for has grown substantially over the past ten years. We have grown from occupying part of one building, to not only taking over the whole building, but also spreading out our people over four buildings throughout the town. The group I work with was the smallest, about a dozen people by ourselves.

This past weekend completed phase one of six where our group moved into a brand new three-story building built to house the entire company with room to grow. The building is the best corporate life has to offer: expansive lobby, high-tech security, a cafeteria that looks like a food court, and offices with expansive windows and views.

And I never thought I'd be here to see it. Whenever my boss showed me where my new windowed office would be and the new furniture I'd be getting, part of me kept thinking: it doesn't matter, I'll be on my farm by then, working remotely. But as the Lord said many years ago, "For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts." And perhaps I can add, "And my timing better than your timing."

The last time I posted, I mentioned our visiting a 77 acre farm in the Grove City, PA area. I had great hopes for this place, but we found out that many things were not as expected. I had hoped that I had found a multi-generational family farm that had been taken care of over the years. Instead I found a farm that was strip-mined 25 years ago without much topsoil. In addition, the house had many issues that were not discernible from the pictures. I had hoped that either the land or the house would be workable, but finding a situation where both the house and the land would need considerable work - that was too much for us.

After we came home from looking at the farm, we had a family crisis that the Lord used to convict me that I have been putting off too many things because, "we were going to be moving real soon." I need to spend time living the present with my wife and boys. I cannot continue mortgaging the present for the sake of a future dream. So, by God's grace, I hope to be spending more time with my sons and wife, stop subjecting them to the continuous uncertainty of always looking to move, and perhaps become a better steward of the present acre the Lord has entrusted to my care.