A sorrowful man came to the prophet and said, "I am the Father of a wayward son who has broken his faithful Mother's heart that her tears dry not up and she cannot be comforted.  What wisdom can we know to endure our grief?" The prophet perceived the man was good and said, "Hear the parable of the seeds. 

"The Lord gave unto his servants seed to plant in his fields. Each received according to the will and wisdom of the Lord. `What manner of seeds are these?' asked the servants. `That is not for you to know at this time, but I know what kinds of seeds they are. Plant them, water them, fertilize them, weed them and protect them from predators, and you will discover for yourselves what kinds of seeds these are.' 

"The faithful servants went forth and planted the seeds, and began to tend the fields according to their desires and skills.  They labored diligently and brought forth beautiful vegetables and flowers, but to their great disappointment there were certain weeds and thorny plants that sprang up and tormented their hearts.  These servants cried unto the Lord, `However faithfully we labor, we cannot get the thorny plants to produce good fruit. Why have you given us noxious weeds and thorny bushes amongst our fruitful plants, to take away our joy?' 

"And the Lord answered, `This is wisdom in me.  Tend to them and labor with them, for it is not the same season for all seed, and in their maturity some thorny bushes produce a blossom of the most desirable fragrance and delicious fruit, notwithstanding the bitter season.  Call no seed evil, for I, the Lord of the fields, have judged all my seed worthy of life. Do not be downcast, for power is not given you to change the nature of any seed. You did not create the seed. You are only able to help the seed become what it is!' 

"The unfaithful servants planted their seeds.  They did not water well, but the Lord rained upon the land and the seeds sprouted and survived. The unfaithful servants did not fertilize, but the Lord provided sufficient nourishment from the earth. Nor did the unfaithful servants weed their fields, so that weeds grew up in great abundance and tried to choke out the good seeds. The good seeds were much afflicted because of the neglect of the unfaithful servants; but they struggled and survived, and even in the fields of the unfaithful servants nature prevailed!  Vegetable seed became vegetable; the fruit seed sprouted and bore fruit, each after its kind; and the seed of the thorny bushes and noxious weeds sprouted, each after its kind. And some of the thorny bushes, in time, bore delicious fruit even as the Lord had said. 

"Then in the harvest the faithful servants were blessed, and honored, and had great joy; but the unfaithful servants received no more seed, forever!" 

by James J. Jones  ("Let's Fix The Kids!")  -  You can get his manual on Amazon

To read the notes of James Jone's 8 Devastating Parent Traps (PDF) go to http://edweek.ce.byu.edu/sites/edweek.ce.byu.edu/files/14.pdf  

Dear God, 
So far, today, I've done all right.  I haven't gossiped or lost my temper.  I haven't been greedy, grumpy, nasty, or self centered.  I'm really happy about that so far.  But in a few minutes I'm going to be getting out of bed and then I'm going to need a lot of help.  Thank you!   Amen
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