Catch the Current
Paul Harvey and the "Eighth Day" of Creation
Blessed are those who possess a strong work ethic.
PH: "God had to have somebody willing to ride the ruts at double speed to get the hay in ahead of the rain, and yet stop in midfield and race to help when he sees first smoke from a neighbor's place—So God made a Farmer."
Blessed are the selfless and sacrificing.
PH: "God said I need somebody strong enough to clear trees and heave bales, yet gentle enough to wean lambs and pigs and tend to pink combed pullets; who will stop his mower for an hour to splint the broken leg of a meadowlark."
Blessed are those strong enough to be kind.
PH: "It had to be somebody who'd plow deep and straight and not cut corners; somebody to seed, weed, feed, breed, and rake and disk and plow and plant and tie the fleece and strain the milk and replenish the self-feeder and a hard week's work with a five-mile drive to church."
Blessed are those who are hungry and thirsty to get things right.
PH: "Somebody who would bale a family together with the soft, strong bonds of sharing; who would laugh and then sigh, and then reply with smiling eyes when his son says he want to spend his life doing what dad does—So God made a Farmer."
Blessed are those who pass the baton on and who also make it worth passing on.
It was good to see the Chrysler Corporation spending their mega-dollars on something more than an overview of the latest features on their line of Dodge trucks. Instead they chose this time to focus on the people who have purchased so many of them over the years and who with them have done so much work in and around the fields and farms of America.
While certain parts of Harvey's oratory may at times seem a bit embellished or romanticized—after all we all know that farmers also get it wrong sometimes as do the rest of us—yet, somehow amidst the fanfare of an over-glamorized annual sports event, this tribute reminds us of where the real price tags should be placed. It points us to the things most valuable in life and the heroic qualities that make the most common of duties done well worthy of our sincere honor, even if they do fail to receive a trophy or a ring.
On the first six days, God made the heavens, the earth, and humankind. On the seventh day, he rested from his work. But, perhaps, on the eighth, ninth, tenth, and ten thousandth, and now through the sacrifice and example of his Son, Jesus Christ, he has been creating some things even more dazzling than the rest—goodness, godly character, and faithfulness.
Robert Crosby is an author and Professor of Practical Theology at Southeastern University. Read his interview with Bobby Gruenewald, the Founder of YouVersion.com (the Bible App) and related articles at Christianity Today—The New Engagers and The Social Network Gospel.
Robert Crosby is the author of the new book, The Teaming Church: Ministry in the Age of Collaboration (Abingdon Press). Crosby's column, "Catch the Current," is published every other Tuesday on the Evangelical portal. Subscribe via email or RSS.