Where there are no oxen, the manger is clean, but abundant crops come by the strength of the ox.
Lately i have been hearing discussion on “being busy” or “not enough time” or “too much going on” . Every time the discussion is talking about busyness or “busy work” it seems the objective is to rationalize time management or even stress control…
All leading to really a bigger theme… what is the deal with work and busyness anyhow?
In Proverbs, this description explains that without the oxen the manger is clean.. or another way to say this may be.. no bull equals no bull shit… in the literal sense. Now you may have to excuse my literal explanation but the fact remains.. crap stinks…
Yet, for the farmer, the manure of the oxen, or let’s say crap from the working fleet is so much more than a pile of dung is it not? It is fertilizer, it is evidence of the team, it is a resource that gets moved around, allocated, dispersed, taken care of and so on. Where am I going with all this? YOU NEED THE OXEN.. you need the work team, you need the WORK. For a man without an ample workload is a dormant fool awaiting his own demise. (this is my own deduction) Every single time i find the “clean house” or “clean garage” or “Crap free barn” it is accompanied by useless, dormant, or passive men that are not pursuing anything. That man is dead to me… busy-ness does not exist.. it is a falsehood made up by American laziness. Seldom would you find a farmer that claims “boredom” has overtaken him.
So don’t fear the stinky crap? Yeah, don’t fear the messy life and the junk leftover from a hard days work.. heck yeah. We can be more effective by moving the crap pile into fertilizer and embrace productivity and effectiveness by letting go of the “fear of stink”.
Everyone has that drives by that farm and smells the manure KNOWS that farmer is producing. It just goes together..
Abolish laziness, eliminate boredom from your vocabulary and embrace the crap that comes with the work load. An effective team and productive man will have some residual bull shit. It really is ok… The goal is not a clean barn, the goal is a productive farm that blesses it’s owner.