Friday, October 7, 2016

The Seed

This is the weekend Kim and I will fix up our yard. It’s going to take some time and some work for sure. We’re not sure why we have so many brown spots and bare patches, but our backyard has a case of the uglies.

So tomorrow morning, I will run out to the hardware store and pick up an extra rake and some grass seed. Probably a lot because I’m one of those guys who sorta kinda over does it. But just sorta kinda. Not!

Kim and I will roll up our sleeves and rake and then I will run the spreader over the yard in hopes that The Seed will take root and grow before the birds and rabbits feast on it and before our dogs dig it up. Hopefully! That’s the plan, anyway.

Seems like we put a lot of faith in The Seed.

Something so small that will take root and grow into something beautiful, something we can admire and enjoy. Doesn’t matter if The Seed is a grass seed or a flower seed. The seed is tiny, a speck, and we put a lot of faith in it that at some point . . . days, weeks, months, years . . . something beautiful and useful will grow from it.

That’s Faith, folks! No better example I can think of. To look at The Seed and imagine the flower! Yes, that’s faith!

We, each of us, work with kids. Doesn’t matter if we’re teachers or parents. Doesn’t matter if we’re coaches or custodians. Doesn’t matter if we’re cafeteria workers or administrative assistants. We work with kids. What we plant within them will grow. It might take days or weeks or months or years, but something will grow within them.

We might never see the outcome, the product of our labor. We might never see the flower that comes about from The Seed we plant.

But . . .

We plant The Seed “in hopes” of something good that might result, something good that might happen- for them, for us, for the world.

Because it isn’t calculus or government or anatomy or a free throw or how to cut a board or set a brick that we teach. Those are only the means by which we teach.

No, we plant Seeds of kindness. We plant Seeds of patience. We plant Seeds of humbleness. We plant Seeds of discovery and inquiry and curiosity. Those are the best Seeds to plant.

And again, we might never see the results of The Seeds we plant. We can only imagine and hold tight to the belief that what we plant, The Seed we plant, will give fruit to that kid, our kid, those kids . . . each other. We hold tightly to the belief, the faith, in The Seed we plant will bring forth kindness and gentleness and humbleness. And The Seed will make that kid, those kids, our kids, and ultimately each of us and our world a better place. So . . . what Seeds will you plant today? What Seeds have you already planted today? Or tomorrow? Something to think about . . .

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Book One of the Lives Trilogy, Stolen Lives:
Two thirteen year old boys are abducted off a safe suburban street. Kelliher and his team of FBI agents have 24 hours to find them or they’ll end up like all the others- dead! They have no leads, no clues, and nothing to go on. And the possibility exists that one of his team members might be involved.           

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The FBI knows a 14 year old boy has a price on his head, but he and his family don’t. With no leads and with nothing to go on, the FBI gambles and sets up the boy and his family as bait in order to catch three dangerous and desperate men with absolutely nothing to lose.

The Lives Trilogy Prequel, Taking Lives:
FBI Agent Pete Kelliher and his partner search for the clues behind the bodies of six boys left in various and remote parts of the country. Even though they don’t know one another, the lives of FBI Kelliher, 11 year old Brett McGovern, and 11 year old George Tokay are separate pieces of a puzzle. The two boys become interwoven with the same thread that Pete Kelliher holds in his hand. The three of them are on a collision course and when that happens, their lives are in jeopardy as each search for a way out.  

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