Kings 19:3-8 "Elijah was afraid and ran for his life. When he came to Beersheba in Judah, he left his servant there, while he himself went a day’s journey into the wilderness. He came to a broom bush, sat down under it and prayed that he might die.I have had enough, Lord, he said. Take my life; I am no better than my ancestors. Then he lay down under the bush and fell asleep. All at once an angel touched him and said, get up and eat. He looked around, and there by his head was some bread baked over hot coals, and a jar of water. He ate and drank and then lay down again.The angel of the Lord came back a second time and touched him and said, “Get up and eat, for the journey is too much for you."So he got up and ate and drank. Strengthened by that food, he traveled forty days and forty nights until he reached Horeb, the mountain of God."It's safe to say you may have jumped right into managing full force, pedal to the metal. You like to bring intensity to your projects and managing your land is not different. The only thing is, you're already feeling burnout; ready to throw your hands up and everything you've worked on into the wind. It's likely you decided to do everything very intensely to get it all done quickly, and now you're seriously wondering if this is even worth the investment. You may have already said to yourself, "I'm in over my head again..." Like Elijah...remember to slow down and take rest! Take a breath. Take a nap even! Sometimes, all it takes is putting on the breaks to regain your perspective and some clarity.
Genesis 7:1, 5The Lord then said to Noah, “Go into the ark, you and your whole family, because I have found you righteous in this generation. [...] And Noah did all that the Lord commanded him.Like Noah, you have been faithful to your calling and to the future vision you know will come in time, even if it doesn’t necessarily “make sense” right now. You have taken to your landownership role faithfully; taking the proper management steps and making the proper decisions to reach your ultimate end goal. Your work and efforts may not necessarily “make sense” to those looking from the outside in, but you have kept the faith and know slow and steady pace, you will get to your vision and create a lasting legacy for generations.To learn more about how your faith can play role in your landownership listen to the episode below:
John 3:2-3He came to Jesus at night and said, “Rabbi, we know that you are a teacher who has come from God. For no one could perform the signs you are doing if God were not with him.” Jesus replied, “Very truly I tell you, no one can see the kingdom of God unless they are born again.”Like Nicodemus, you are someone that checks out new information slowly and steps into new roles gradually. You may not be comfortable with all the attention of doing something new and different, and perhaps even got scoffed at for the idea that you could manage land well. So, you may have gotten into landownership and managing the tract slowly, but you did so tactfully too. You likely were slow to join the traditional events and programs to learn more about your management opportunities, but after you have become more and more exposed to the different opportunities you are wearing the title “landowner” proudly and look to maximize all that your land can do and become.For more ways you show up in landownership check out our podcast episode below:
John 18:10-11"Then Simon Peter, who had a sword, drew it and struck the high priest’s servant, cutting off his right ear. (The servant’s name was Malchus.)Jesus commanded Peter, “Put your sword away! Shall I not drink the cup the Father has given me?”Like Peter, you’re basically a Navy Seal Landowner… it’s all or nothing! You run full force into decisions without necessarily thinking about the long game or consequences of those decisions, and whether or not they truly help you reach your goals. You are a “doer” and learn the most through action, typically trial and error. One things for certain, you won’t make the same mistake twice though.. Okay, maybe it takes 3 times to get fully engrained into you what NOT to do… kidding, kinda. But you should be commended for consistently showing up and you’re a great example of not staying down when you’ve made mistakes, even seemingly “big” ones. You should remember that enthusiasm is great, but enthusiasm alone is not enough to move forward and take action on something. Take your time to think through the offer, the opportunity, and to be sure it truly aligns with your goals.For more way you show up in landownership checkout our podcast episode below:
Esther 4:14-16"For if you remain silent at this time, relief and deliverance for the Jews will arise from another place, but you and your father’s family will perish. And who knows but that you have come to your royal position for such a time as this?Then Esther sent this reply to Mordecai: Go, gather together all the Jews who are in Susa, and fast for me. Do not eat or drink for three days, night or day. I and my attendants will fast as you do. When this is done, I will go to the king, even though it is against the law. And if I perish, I perish.”Like Esther, you have stepped into a role that you may feel ill-equipped for currently. But you are courageously ready to step into this landowner manager role and looking to receive the right and proper advice to implement and act on. You feel obligated to do the absolute best you can to be a proper steward of your family’s land, to maximize not only it’s financial potential but keeping ecological diversity and sustainability. You may not have intended to be responsible for this asset at this point in time, or even ever, however now that you are here and the time as come you are embracing the opportunities laid out in front of you. For more ways you show up to landownership check out our podcast:
Luke 10:40-42"But Martha was distracted by all the preparations that had to be made. She came to him and asked, “Lord, don’t you care that my sister has left me to do the work by myself? Tell her to help me!Martha, Martha, the Lord answered, you are worried and upset about many things, but few things are needed—or indeed only one. Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her.”Like Martha, you are very focused on making sure you do the right things, in the right order, at the right time so your land can be the best it can be. However being so focused on the details you are consistently stressed and anxious about the plans you do have and constantly doubting if you are the right person to be making these decisions or if these are even the right decisions to be making. You have a habit of getting wrapped up in small details and are hesitant to ask for help. This causes you to get frustrated or even worse, miss the big picture of what you're working towards. And just like Martha needed to be called out, this is your reminder that sometimes the hustle isn’t necessary, and it is better to simply sit back and listen. To learn more about how your role as a landowner Listen to our podcast
Proverbs 31:16-18She considers a field and buys it; out of her earnings she plants a vineyard.She sets about her work vigorously; her arms are strong for her tasks.She sees that her trading is profitable, and her lamp does not go out at night.Like the Proverbs 31 woman, you have embraced landownership by the reins. You saw land as a tool, as an asset to not only better off your family but your environment and community. You aren’t just an idle stand byer though. You are aware of not only the responsibility but embrace the hard work it takes to manage land. You are focused on maximizing your land’s profit potential, likely through timber as well as other potential revenue streams because you recognize that consistent income from the land will only help the financial sustainability for your family land but of all the blessings it can provide for your family and others. You recognize that sustainable land is profitable land. To learn more about how you show up in landownership checkout the podcast episode below: