Planting Seeds

Then he told them many things in parables, saying: “A farmer went out to sow his seed. As he was scattering the seed, some fell along the path, and the birds came and ate it up. Some fell on rocky places, where it did not have much soil. It sprang up quickly, because the soil was shallow. But when the sun came up, the plants were scorched, and they withered because they had no root. Other seed fell among thorns, which grew up and choked the plants. Still other seed fell on good soil, where it produced a crop—a hundred, sixty or thirty times what was sown. (Matthew 13:3-8)

A couple of years ago I was talking with a former student who is now an adult and has a family and a job where he oversees a large number of young people. He told me a story of how he had used my “integrity speech” with a group of guys he was leading several years ago.

I asked him what he meant by my “integrity speech”, and he reminded of an incident that happened over 15 years ago when I challenged some of the students in my group with the question, “What will it take to give up your integrity?”

To be honest, I did not remember the situation initially until he shared more of the story and context. It was not a sermon or part of an event but rather a simple conversation that I had with him and some of the other guys in the group.

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