Charity meets up with an interesting gentleman in her latest [not] dating adventure. He's a farmer who may have found his way to The Mingle by mistake. Regardless, he and Charity enjoy a cup of coffee together and talk about crops.
Jeb asks Charity what her favorite crop is and she replies, "the hard ones." Now, Charity is barely a farmer in the metaphorical sense but she makes an interesting point about how we value people and their testimonies. Charity marvels at how awesome it is when a gourd-like person comes to know Jesus. That is to say, when someone who has been hostile or hard-hearted toward faith comes to Christ, it is a beautiful thing.
And it is. But Charity is favoring gourds over grapes. Hard people over... "easy" people. There really are no easy people.
It's also a beautiful thing when a child comes to Christ at summer camp, having had no opportunity to become jaded but still placing whole-hearted trust in Him.
It's a beautiful thing when a teenager seeking something more comes to Christ at youth group.
It's a beautiful thing when an adult who just got busy with life comes back to church and God after wandering around aimlessly, being a "good person."
In my life, I have seen many scenarios. I have been a camp counselor and led eight year olds to Christ. I have seen my friend's son as a 14 year old realizing he needed to dedicate his life to God. And I have had a front row seat, watching a dear friend transition from bitter critic to ardent follower of Christ.
Each of those experiences was beautiful, not because people are victories to be won but rather because people came to Christ. It doesn't matter how difficult they were to "crack" because EVERYONE has equal value in Christ.
Let's remember that our crops are not simply plants that follow a specific growth pattern; they are people. Regardless of whether they're the consistency of grapes or gourds, we will reap a harvest of Christ-followers if we do not give up.