God Given Gift

What is going on my people? I hope everyone had a great day and just wanted to give some encouragement this evening! Well, my day went great and I met a sweet old gentlemen by the name of Henry. Henry is the owner of a lawn care business and has been running it for over 21 years now. I asked Henry what he used to do before this, and he mentioned that he had been mowing lawns all of his life!

Henry told me that since he was a little boy, that his Papa would have him go house to house and see if the neighbors needed there lawns to be mowed. He said that he had to help out early because his family was extremely poor and all his Papa knew how to do was mow lawns. His Papa, never had an education and the most prized possession they owned was that lawn mower. They couldn’t afford a car and barely had enough to afford rent. So every morning, Henry’s Papa would have him go along to show him how to mow a lawn properly and be as precise as possible.

Henry stated that he soon became very good at mowing lawns and soon after became better than the man who taught him this fine art. Henry, like his dad never finished high school because his Papa passed away and he had to support his mom. Henry mentioned how difficult it was to see his Momma struggling after the loss of his Father and they were just barely making it. He said that he would tell his Mom all the time that things will get better and that God would provide.

A few years later, Henry’s Momma past away and he felt so bad about his promise to her that they were going to see brighter days. He said for a long time he was angry at God and that he felt embarrassed that all he could do was mow lawns. He asked God all the time why he couldn’t have been educated instead or had a better gift in life. Henry then told me that one night, he felt like praying and that he started sobbing because he felt sorry for himself and didn’t understand why his life was, the way it was.

Later the next morning, he felt like God was leading him to the Bible where he read Jeremiah 29: 11. He said that was the day that he started seeing mowing lawns and his past as a gift from God, instead of seeing it as a curse…I couldn’t believe this man’s story! Henry is 65 now and owns the largest lawn care service in Texas! He is a multimillionaire and enjoys speaking to to people about his life and about hope right around the corner. You have to love meeting people like this!