One of the things I enjoy about gardening is that it provides so many illustrations for life lessons and principles. It's a laboratory for life -- both literally and figuratively. One example is the value of faithfulness in humble tasks. This is a season of watering, weeding and deadheading that can feel like an endless cycle of monotonous chores. Yet they are vital elements of nurturing and caring for environments that provide sensory pleasure, produce food for our tables, and create exquisite beauty.
A passage from a wonderful book called The Every-Day of Life, written by J.R. Miller and published in 1892, articulates this much more eloquently than I can:
“It is in the every-day of life that nearly all the world’s best work is done. The tall mountain peaks lift their glittering crests into the clouds, and win attention and admiration; but it is in the great valleys and broad plains that the harvests grow and the fruits ripen, on which the millions of earth feed their hunger. So it is not from the few conspicuous deeds of life that the blessings chiefly come which make the world better, sweeter, happier; but from the countless lowly ministries of the every-days, the little faithfulnesses that fill long years.”
Enjoy the fruits of your labor today, and have a wonderful...