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Faith + Compost

October 29, 2012

What if your current brokenness was the necessary ingredient for your future success? What if your future included spectacular opportunities because of today’s brokenness? It is. It can.

Last week while visiting Honduras, I heard a story of some amazing ladies who, despite everyone saying it was impossible, discovered a way to plant four community gardens with the help of an unusual solution.

You see 98% of all Hondurans are poor so food is precious. Having a garden is critical. However, in Nueva Suyapa (a community bordering the capital city of Tegucigalpa) the soil just could not produce.

Honduran believers began to pray that God would allow the soil to produce. Despite the bad soil, a group of ladies began prayerfully planting community gardens. Simultaneously, the Honduran government enlisted the help of scientists to develop a compost that could transform the soil into good soil.

A few years later, with the help of this new effective compost, there are four community gardens benefiting the entire community.

After one of these ladies shared her story with us, one of our team members rightly said, “It’s all about faith!” My friend and Executive Pastor responded and said, “Yeah! Faith and Compost.” So true!

Some cabbage from one of the Honduran community gardens we toured last week.

Maybe you’re struggling with your current job, stumbling from a deep hurt, devastated by a broken relationship, or overwhelmed by financial debt. It constantly feels cruddy doesn’t it? Perhaps your brokenness is the compost that was uniquely designed for you.

It’s tempting to wallow in self-pity slinging your compost on you and everyone around you but there’s a better way.

Here’s good news: Today’s compost + today’s faith = tomorrow’s garden.

Right now there’s a God in Heaven looking down and he’s waiting for you to lay it ALL down at his feet. It will take faith to LEAVE it there today. It will take more faith to resist picking it back up tomorrow.

Your unique brokenness forces you to look to God. Recognize today’s stinky compost as a necesary part of tomorrow’s garden. Trust that God is in control of it all. Repeat those last 7 words to yourself.

Your future garden will benefit the entire community. We all need you to trust today so we can all benefit tomorrow. Hang in there. Praying for you.

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