I read this sentence on a friend's blog this week:
"People are much more important than flowers and gardens. But sometimes you have to have the flowers and gardens so you can deal with the people."
These two sentences really made me stop and think for a few minutes...actually much longer than a few minutes. I kept coming back to these two sentences several times in the past couple of days and dwelling on the importance of people and the importance of quiet time.
People are so very important and part of our service as followers of Christ is to do for others as he did when he was on earth, but not only for the people we know and like, but also for those we pass on the street who are total strangers and maybe not even be someone we would choose to spend our time with. On the other hand, time off to ourself is of equal importance. Time to garden, or read, or just sit quietly and "be". These times help us to collect ourselves, think on matters (such as this quote), and be ready again to be out in the world with people and to serve again and even serve them in a greater capacity.
Now for the rest of the story...this quote was made from the mouth of man who is the father of 21 children. I think he may know about those gardening times being important in his life. My husband and I met the Smotherman's when we lived in Savannah, Tennessee almost 20 years ago. At that point they only had four children and was still quite an inspiration to us. You can read more about their family and their christian example here.
Have a good day!