Courage, Plants, and Strangers- a Class Reflection

This is a poem I wrote as my final project for an evangelism and discipleship class I took this fall, combining and explaining the concept that stuck out to me the most from the entire semester and the biggest lesson I learned in this class.

“Just Beginning to Grow”

In the beginning
It was complicated,
Scary and daunting.
At the very end
It was simplified,
Small and relaxed.
The focus is beginning
Rather than an end;
Planting a seed
Versus reaping a harvest.
Sometimes you can make a sale
And sometimes no one’s looking.
In the realm of
Selling and sowing
Two key components
Required for any growth:
Prayer and relationships.
Prayer is to be first
Before anything else.
For those reachable,
And those unreachable.
Prayer for the least likely;
Prayer for the almost there.
Salvation is the end hope,
But is not the limiter;
Steps in the right direction
Are also soft hearts,
Receptive minds, and
Open eyes to Christ.
When you sense this kind
Happening before you
And your approach ready,
It is time to act;
It is time to speak.
Test the soil with a smile,
A greeting or a question.
Details and stories unhurried
Unfold in proper time;
Knowing each other
Leads to knowing the One.
Planting may need
Your story and scripture
Or perhaps just you;
You may be aware
Or fully unaware.
The Master Gardener,
The Most Important, knows.
Your task is to begin,
Than to see the end;
Planting a seed
Versus reaping a harvest.
Conversations may end
Or they may continue;
The two may meet again
Or be together no more.
Relationship was formed
If only for two minutes.
Salvation is the end hope,
But is not the condition;
There can be opened eyes,
Receptive minds, and
Steps in the right direction
Prayer will go on
For them and others,
For in the beginning
It was complicated,
Scary and daunting.
But in the end,
It is simplified,
Small and relaxed.

-ald

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