Over the last 2 years, yes two years! – I’ve played this farming game. Often I relate the things of the game to things going on in my life and the goodness of God, which inspired Farming 101. There’s a time, place, and season for everything in this life.
- Rules: The game starts with five pieces of wheat, which must be planted. Wheat is the fastest growing crop in the game taking only one minute to harvest. Once harvested, there will now be 10 pieces of wheat in storage. Lesson one: what is planted double will be harvested. The only way to win this game is through planting seeds. “Do not neglect to do good and to share what you have, for such sacrifices are pleasing to God.” (Hebrews 13:16 ESV)
- Setup: The key to growing the farm is patience. The larger more expensive items take longer to harvest because the return is greater. One piece of wheat takes one minute to harvest, whereas one strawberry takes eight hours to grow but can yield a $50 return. Be patient as your farm starts to grow. It is impossible to grow the farm of your dreams on a $1 harvest. Be patient for the bigger returns. “And if you will indeed obey my commandments that I command you today, to love the Lord your God, and to serve him with all your heart and with all your soul, he will give the rain for your land in its season, the early rain and the later rain, that you may gather in your grain and your wine and your oil. And he will give grass in your fields for your livestock, and you shall eat and be full.” (Deuteronomy 11:13-15 ESV)
- Object: There’s a lot of planning and building. For example, in order to make a coat you need wool, in order to get wool you need sheep, in order to feed the sheep so they can make wool you need feed, in order to get feed you need feed makers, and in order to get feed makers you need money. Sometimes you will feel as if you are running to an open door just to find out there’s stairs on the other side. Remember, it’s a journey not a destination. The game never ends until you quit. Also, remember what you are striving for. Is it to get to a certain level? Get a certain amount of money? Unlock all of the machines? Gain all the land available? Keep in mind there is not a final level. The game never ends; therefore there is no perfect farm and always room to continue exploring and expanding. “Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? And which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his span of life? And why are you anxious about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin, yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is alive and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will he not much more clothe you, O you of little faith? Therefore do not be anxious, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the Gentiles seek after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them all.” (Matthew 6:25-31 NIV)
- Scoring: Leveling up requires a certain amount of experience points that are rewarded as activities are mastered. As your farm continues to grow and you progress in the game more things unlock, such as different areas, new machines, crops, more opportunities to expand your land, etc. Once you exhibit mastery to manage a few crops and animals, you’ll level up to manage even more crops and animals. You will start the game with five animals and can grow your farm to oversee 75 animals. “But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you. “Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.” (Matthew 6:33-34 NIV)
Lord, I come to You in thanksgiving that You are always present, always listening and always knows best. I thank You for seasons – that You never give me more than I can handle, and know when it’s the best time for me to level up, and when I may need more time. God, first and foremost I want to thank You for being a faithful and generous God. I thank You for giving me the opportunity to be Your daughter and to do Your work and allow You to shine through me to Your seeds. God, You bless me to bless the people of this land and I pray that I can be as faithful to them in my giving as You are to me. In Jesus’ name, Amen!
Ladies, I EMPOWER you to release the seeds you are holding on to. Seeds aren’t always monitory but take a minute to pull off your headphones on the train or bus to chat with the people around you – spread your wisdom and power with the world, go volunteer, use your God giving talents and you will see they will multiply. Not always within you but around you. If you smile at one person and that person smiles at two others, we will soon have a bight city. Allow your lamp to shine.
Ladies, what harvest are you praying to manifest in your life?
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Ms. Dené B. is a student of life who enjoys human studies and social media. She graduated from Loyola University Chicago where the motto is “Preparing People to Lead Extraordinary Lives,” She took her education and school spirit to heart and now is a young adult striving to live an extraordinary life while helping others achieve the same. With a Bachelor of Arts in Advertising and Public Relations and minors in Sociology and Visual Communication, Dené worked at a top PR firm but her greatest accomplishments resides in volunteer work with Autism Speaks and Big Brothers Big Sisters. Currently, she finds herself pursuing a vision God placed in her of starting her own business. One of her go to scriptures is, “Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is Gods will for you in Christ Jesus.” (1Thessalonians 5:16-18 NIV).