I grew up in Iowa, in a small farming community of about 5,000. Farmers fields hugged our city limits. You could walk into a corn field right outside the back door of the HyVee grocery store when you emptied the trash.
The farmers I knew went to church and possessed uncommon wisdom and knowledge about life. When you spend your entire life having to trust God to provide and control everything that determines your livelihood, God must also provides the right amount of patience and wisdom to trust Him that way.
Someone sent me the following bits of wisdom from an old farmer. I wanted to share them with you all.
- Life is simpler when you plow around the stump.
- A bumble bee is considerably faster than a John Deere tractor
- Words that soak into your ears are whispered…not yelled.
- Meanness don’t jes’ happen overnight.
- Do not corner something that you know is meaner than you.
- You don’t have to be a very big person to carry a grudge.
- You cannot unsay a cruel word.
- Every path has a few puddles.
- When you wallow with pigs, expect to get dirty.
- The best sermons are lived, not preached.
- Most of the stuff people worry about ain’t never gonna happen anyway.
- Don’t judge folks by their relatives.
- Live a good, honorable life. Then when you get older and think back, you’ll enjoy it a second time.
- Don’t interfere with somethin’ that ain’t botherin you none.
- If you find yourself in a hole, the first thing to do is stop diggin’.
- The biggest troublemaker you’ll probably ever have to deal with, watches you from the mirror every mornin’.
- Always drink upstream from the herd.
- Good judgment comes from experience, and alotta that comes from bad judgment.
- Lettin’ the cat outta the bag is a whole loteasier than puttin’ it back in.
- If you get to thinkin’ you’re a person of some influence, try orderin’ somebody else’s dog around.
- Live simply. Love generously. Care deeply.Speak kindly. Leave the rest to God