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Lessons From Gideon

September 20, 2016


Boy...no one ever tells you how tough entrepreneurship can be! Truth time: Taking the leap from a full-time, high-paying job in an industry I'd been in for over 20 years to living my dream of zero-waste urban farming has often made me feel inadequate. How many times have you related to this?


This month I started Priscilla Shirer's bible study on Gideon, the 3-chapter story nestled into the Book of Judges. I felt called to Gideon's particular story of having his army reduced from 32,000 Israelites to 300 in order to defeat the Midianites who had taken over their land. How could Gideon possibly do this, especially when - according to the first chapter - he had so little faith in himself? And what lessons could I learn from him?


The front cover of the workbook says "Your weakness. God's strength." At first I was uncomfortable with this title, believing my entrepreneurship has little to do with the word "weakness" and everything to do with "needing more opportunities and ideas." But let me tell you, friend...you and I both have more than enough equipping for business and for life!


You may be asking yourself: what the heck does this have to do with zero-waste urban farming and nutrition? Urban farming is seasonal; I'm totally on God's timing for my growing seasons and harvests. Nutrition is also rather cyclical, because as the seasons change so do our tastes. Everything we do ebbs and flows as we grow, which is a blessing! We are shown both grace and mercy in our business and our home life, and I know this winter I'll be just fine. And I know you will be too!