I am taking the overall advice of Proverbs as I think of the upcoming growing season. An idea sprouted in my fertile little head a few years back, and it has grown into a fruitful plan. Since the idea involves skills and experience that I do not possess, I will be seeking the council of others where I lack wisdom (Proverbs 15:22). Ultimately I trust the Lord in my success or failure (Proverbs 19:21). Gardening takes place between one's ears before it takes root between one's rows.
It brings to mind an often misquoted line first uttered by Benjamin Franklin: "By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail." Planning and preparation are important parts of our success, so long as we recognize that all good things come from above (see James chapter 1). What hope do you have for a productive 2016? What activity, ministry, or act of service do you aspire to accomplish? Begin the planning process right away and remember that it is God who causes the growth. (1 Corinthians 3:6)!