There once was a Hunter, Farmer, and Camper lost deep in the woods. To survive, they had to rely on each other.
The Hunter said, “I’ll venture out at dawn every day so that we have protein to eat. Whatever I kill, we’ll share. I am gifted with a keen eye and fearless determination and that is the best way for me to help us. I’ll commit to bringing back something every day, no matter how long it takes. I’ll find a way.”
The Farmer said, “I’ll also wake up at dawn every day and tend to the land. I’ll find and nurture a suitable plot that can grow fruits and vegetables. I have an intuition for what can grow and a caring touch. It’s the least I could do to serve us. I’ll commit to producing something safe and nourishing for us to eat. I’ll also clean and prepare the animals the Hunter brings back for us.”
The Camper said, “I’ll prepare and keep a site for us to cook, eat, and sleep. However, I’ll only do this between the hours of 8 am to 5 pm. Outside of that window, I’m going to chill, relax, and do what I feel like doing. Who knows how much longer we have to live, right? So I’m going to enjoy what time I have left.”
All three did what they said they would do. However, only the Hunter and Farmer used their gifts, time, and energy wisely. They each had specific morning and evening rituals to clear and calm their minds and spend time with God. They prayed for strength, guidance, and help to do what they needed to do. They prayed that God’s will be done and worked as though they were working for Him. The Hunter’s love for the Farmer and Camper motivated him to do the best he could to serve them. The Farmer’s love for the Hunter and Camper also motivated him to serve.
The Camper, on the other hand, had a different mindset. He only did the bare minimum he had to do, often sleeping in and starting his day late. He also took many breaks throughout the day. He worked as though he did not care about the campsite or the group. He complained often and did what he had to do begrudgingly. He could not wait for 5 pm to roll around, and usually quit working early. As he did each task, he “checked the box.”
The Camper also liked to gossip. When the Hunter was away, he would express to the Farmer that the Hunter was greedy and ego-driven. When the Farmer was out harvesting, he would tell the Hunter the Farmer was skimming some crops for himself. Everything the Camper said seemed to undermine the trust between the Hunter and Farmer.
But, because the Hunter and Farmer were secure in their relationship with God, they did not let the Camper influence them. They trusted God and each other and kept their focus on the meaningful work they were called to do. They did nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility, they valued the others above themselves. They were kind, gentle, patient, and forgiving to the Camper and continued to serve him humbly in love.
Who are you? The Hunter, the Farmer, or the Camper?