At the end of a long week, I thought it would be nice to add a positive note on things by hijacking a Feel Good Friday post and moving it to Saturday:
Jason Brown was a center for the St. Louis Rams. Brown decided to leave football behind to chase something he had never done before. He used his contract money to purchase a thousand acres of land and start a farm.
Brown is self-taught, relying on local sources and internet research. His first crop yielded over 100,000 lbs of sweet potatoes, which he donated to the needy in the St. Louis area. He intends to continue this practice with each crop that he grows. He said this effort was inspired by his faith and a calling to live a life of service.
Imagine, spending your life preparing for a career in professional sports. You make it, sign the big contract, and walk away to answer a higher calling. Could you walk away from $37 million dollars? How about to start something you’ve never done? Brown is a hero and his food will made a huge difference for his neighbors dealing with hunger.
“My agent told me, ‘You’re making the biggest mistake of your life,’” Brown told CBS. “And I looked right back at him and I said, ‘No I’m not. No I’m not.’”
This time of year, remember to be thankful for what you have and to do what you can for those who have less. It doesn’t take a farm to make a difference. You can do it on your block and in your city. Never forget what is important.
Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moths and vermin destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moths and vermin do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” Matthew 6: 19-21