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"W"
06-22-2011, 07:36 AM
After last nights discussion we had about Government removing God out of everything, It reminded me of a great lesson I was giving a few years back

I was 18 years old at the time

We had been cutting rice on the Koll farm in Pine island for a week and every morning Ms. Koll would come walk over some homemade biscuits for us. Mr. Koll would come talk while we fueled up the tractors and combines.
Mr. and Ms. Koll lived on the farm right next to where we were cutting. Mr. Koll sat outside all day and just enjoyed watching us cut rice and load and haul out.
We wrapped up on a Fri about 9pm that night and one of my buddies had a little left to cut down the road and asked if i could go help him finish up on Sat. Well Friday night was as always going to the bar and drinking to 2am and coming home to pass out on the couch. I woke up Sat morning about 8am hurting and not wanting to move , but got up and headed out to get the combine and go help Craig.
I was sitting on back of my truck under the huge oak tree drinking some water and eating Advil. I saw Mr. Koll walking across with some biscuits in his hand. He came over and wanted to talk ,so I listened to him for a while. He knew my great grand paw James who was a well know preacher in south Louisiana. We got on the subject of religion and God and I guess he noticed i knew a little about it and was not uncomfortable to talk. He said all his years of farming that God was the most important thing that got him and his wife thought the hard times. I guess he assumed that coming from a family long line of preachers that it was meant for me to become a preacher. I laughed and told him, No I do not think that is my call in life. He laughed and said if it is, you will have no choice because God will show you and give it to you. So we talked back and forth for 30 or so minutes and I said to him.
I know God is real but sometimes do you ever wish you could see just one miracle in life to prove he is real?
Mr. Koll said...Young man you want to see a miracle?
I said yes I would like to see one so i know 100%
Mr Koll said well young man I can show you a miracle right now
I said ok show me
Mr. Koll said turn around and look at that oak tree! That is a miracle
I was dumbfounded but said ok how
He said no man can create a tree! This tree was created by God!
I was lost for words and said well we can plant them
Mr. Koll said son you can plant many things but you cannot create them! No man created the 1st Oak tree! No man Created the fist Oak Tree seed, No man Planted the 1st oak tree.

God created it and this is a miracle because no scientist, engineer, or doctor can create a tree! God created this Earth so you are around Miracles everyday! You just have to look around !


That was the best thing I had ever explained to me in my first 18 years of life! Never in all my days of sitting in church or spent with my grand paw had I ever heard it said that away!

Just wanted to tell this story that I hope to pass to my kids one day

Purple Back
06-22-2011, 07:44 AM
Good read.

I appreciate the fact that good christian men still exist.

wtretrievers
06-22-2011, 07:45 AM
Awesome!

duckman444
06-22-2011, 07:56 AM
Great story.

DUCKGOGETTER
06-22-2011, 07:57 AM
Man great story w and it's so true.

BassAssasin
06-22-2011, 07:58 AM
Thats great! great read to start my day

joshdomingue
06-22-2011, 08:00 AM
Great story!!!!!

bjhooper82
06-22-2011, 11:20 AM
Thanks for sharing that W. I really appreciate it.

jpeff31787
06-23-2011, 10:55 AM
Good little story W! Enjoyed it man!

Micah
06-23-2011, 11:04 AM
That was great W, thanks.

"W"
06-23-2011, 11:08 AM
I have learned lots from just listing to older people! I enjoy to sit with someone over 70 years old!

Another lesson I learned at a young age was from a older guy who was in his 80s when I meet him, He started Farming by himself at the age of 15 years old!
He retired from farming at the age 72 and never bankrupted one time!
I asked him how he was so successful in a industry that has Had lots of hard times!
He said...don't sleep pass 6am... Work can not get done laying on your back! God gave us sunlight to work...so that's your clock! Eat when your hungry and work till your done! Take time off to relax on Sundays and never put your career before your family!
And he never worked on Sundays and if you farmed his land... The Farmer was not allowed to work on Sundays on his land!

BIRD DOG
06-28-2011, 11:56 PM
I have learned lots from just listing to older people! I enjoy to sit with someone over 70 years old!

Another lesson I learned at a young age was from a older guy who was in his 80s when I meet him, He started Farming by himself at the age of 15 years old!
He retired from farming at the age 72 and never bankrupted one time!
I asked him how he was so successful in a industry that has Had lots of hard times!
He said...don't sleep pass 6am... Work can not get done laying on your back! God gave us sunlight to work...so that's your clock! Eat when your hungry and work till your done! Take time off to relax on Sundays and never put your career before your family!
And he never worked on Sundays and if you farmed his land... The Farmer was not allowed to work on Sundays on his land!

That is very wise words!!

fishaholic82
06-29-2011, 07:52 AM
My grandpa is 83 and still fishes at 2-3 times a week out of his own boat as well as cut his own grass fix his own truck and any other chore around the house. He always said anyone who is afraid of hard work is afraid to live. I was lucky enough to be his youngest grandchild being able to fish commercially with him after he retired at 65 from being a boat captain. He has taught me many things about the outdoors but the most important thing he has taught me is to love god and put family first. And that our kids are a gift from god that he has trusted us with to raise right. I enjoy catching fish and shooting ducks but I get more pleasure out of seeing my lil girl catch fish than anything else.

Big Flounder
06-29-2011, 08:02 AM
I'm 29 and never thought of miracles that way. Good stuff dude.