This year has been a crazy year for everyone, especially young children. There has been very little normalcy for most children.
Fortunately for students in my area, the school has been in person 95% of the year. Although we are in person, so many things have changed. Among them is our ability to have field trips. So, when an opportunity to join a live field trip at a local dairy farm featuring the Estes Family Farm and Rodrigo Blankenship from the Indianapolis Colts presented itself, I jumped on the chance to attend it.
The tour was enlightening. The care and love shown to the animals were evident as the Estes family walked us through the process of milking a cow. It was a stark contrast to the pictures you see where animals are being hit, abused, and forced to provide a service. In fact, each animal looked healthy and happy.
As the tour continued, each different aspect of the farm was done with excellence. From cleaning the milking table to feeding the cows, to taking care of the babies, to spraying down the floors, to recycling water in different ways as not to be wasteful, everything was done with care.
So, what makes the Estes farm so strikingly different from farms that abuse and mistreat the animal?
Mr. Estes made simple statements that lead me to this conclusion. One of which being, “We are good stewards of the resources God gave us.”
The Bible tells us, “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters,” Colossians 3:23 NIV
The Estes family was the epitome of this verse. Each part of their family farm was run with love and care. See, when you are working as unto the Lord, you will hold yourself to a higher standard than that of this world.
In closing, I was so thankful to get an opportunity to tour the Estes farm. Not only because it provides a view into a well run farm, but also because the Estes family was not afraid to let their faith shine.
The Bible tells us, “You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead, they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.”
Matthew 5:14-16 NIV
I wonder, are we letting our light shine like the Estes family? Or, are we afraid of what the world will say or do? As for me and my house, we will strive to be more like Jesus and less like the world.
First, we pray a special blessing on the Estes family. We pray that you give them the desires that you have placed in their heart. Continue to use them to spread your word through their excellence. And Father, we ask that you place within us a desire to live according to Your Will. Help us all to walk in excellence and show others how wonderful a relationship with You can be.