#GrowWise. The Turtle Wins, But It’s Not What You Are Thinking

January 12, 2015

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Proverbs 12:10 (read the whole chapter)

The righteous care for the needs of their animals,
    but the kindest acts of the wicked are cruel.



And out of seemingly nowhere this. What does wisdom have to do with animals?

Just this morning, in a conversation with Lily, my ten year old, she told me she was writing a song for her music class in school. I asked her what it was about. She excitedly said, “It’s called ‘Everything Matters.'”

Here’s a little back story. Last week, before Anarctica invaded Tennessee, I took David, Lily and Sam out on the public golf course neighboring our home for a quick round of what we call “One Club.” As the name implies, each person can only take one golf club to use during the round.

Before we got to the first green, Lily and Sam (a.k.a. Dora and Diego) already managed to get distracted with finding discarded golf balls, which led them to the second distraction of finding an apparently orphaned turtle next to one of the ponds. They came running toward the green where David and I were finishing the first hole, shouting, “We found a turtle! We found a turtle!” The next thing we knew, they were running full speed back to the house to create a turtle home. So much for golf.

Back to my and Lily’s morning songwriting conversation. She told me, “You know, Dad, I got to thinking about that turtle yesterday and how alone she was in the aquarium and I decided to take her back to the pond.” She went on, “As I was walking out to the pond with the turtle, it hit me, “Everything matters.” “It’s like I see a lot of kids getting fish and other pets and they die and they just go and replace them like its no big deal. But Dad, that fish was a tiny living, breathing life that mattered. That’s why I took the turtle back. It mattered.” Next she went on to sing me the chorus and tell me a little about the verses. She said she already had a “bridge.” I guess that’s one of the advantages of living in the back yard of “Music City.” ;0)

Wisdom recognizes, from the smallest creature to the biggest animal, everything matters. Life is sacred.

I recognize the writer may not have been thinking of turtles with today’s text, but Lily was. And she has given us a word of wisdom in the process.

Everything matters. The way we handle creatures says something about the way we hallow the Creator.

The Turtle Wins. . . .

I’ll see you tomorrow in Proverbs 13.


J.D. Walt writes daily for Seedbed’s Daily Text. He serves as Seedbed’s Sower in Chief. Follow him @jdwalt on Twitter or email him at jd.walt@seedbed.com.

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