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Planting Potatoes

When I was a boy growing up we had several gardens around our old house. The largest one of all was used just for growing potatoes.

I can still remember those potato planting days. The whole family helped. After my Dad had tilled the soil, my Mom, brothers, and I went to work. It was my job to drop the little seed potatoes in the rows while my Mom dropped handfuls of fertilizer beside them. My brothers then covered them all with the freshly turned earth.

For months afterward I would glance over at the garden while I played outside and wonder what was going on underneath the ground. When the harvest time came I was amazed at the huge size of the potatoes my Dad pulled out of the soil. Those little seedlings had grown into bushels and bushels of sweet sustenance. They would be turned into meal after meal of baked potatoes, mashed potatoes, fried potatoes, and my personal favorite: potatoes slowed cooked in spaghetti sauce. They would keep the entire family well fed throughout the whole year. It truly was a miracle to behold.

Thinking back on those special times makes me wonder how many other seeds I have planted in this life that have grown unseen in the hearts and minds of others. How many times has God used some little thing that I said or did to grow something beautiful? How many times has Heaven used these little seedlings to provide another’s soul with sweet sustenance?

Every single day of our lives we step out into the garden of this world. Every single day we plant seeds that can grow into something wonderful. We may never see the growth that comes from the kind words or loving acts we share but God does. I hope then that you always tend the garden around you with care. I hope that you plant only goodness, peace, and compassion in the lives of everyone you meet. I hope that everyday you help miracles to grow.

By Joe Mazzella

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  • Kanuda January 22, 2015, 11:17 am

    This is an amazing story. Many a times we just got busy with work, that we forget to live the life, the way we want it to be.
    After reading this, i resolute that i’ll try to live my life, infact every moment to its fullest. 🙂
    thank you for this. 🙂

  • Dire October 2, 2014, 2:58 am

    Simple yet beautiful =)

  • Jeniffer August 6, 2014, 8:44 am


  • Prakash agape June 24, 2014, 7:29 am

    Bible verse: Whoever sows to please their flesh, from the flesh will reap DESTRUCTION; whoever sows to please the Spirit, from the Spirit will reap ETERNAL LIFE. Galatians 6:8

  • Patricia March 27, 2014, 7:03 am

    Nice Story….. Must read it

  • Arifa December 31, 2013, 8:06 pm


  • Encabrera December 27, 2013, 2:00 am

    God bless this site. Nice and inspiring stories…

  • Bob December 20, 2013, 6:25 pm

    I love this.

  • Timmy December 20, 2013, 9:33 am

    Very deep and inspiring

  • Davids Ngoma December 16, 2013, 3:00 pm

    Am so touched with the story may God give you more wisdom to teach us through such wonderful stories stay blessed God bless you.

  • Sarah December 14, 2013, 10:25 am

    Woww.. I like the story!! It was specially meant to be mine.. Thx.

  • S.Manjunath December 13, 2013, 2:00 am

    This is amazingly a wonderful story as I just spent a few minutes in the small garden near my place before reading this story and writing. Carefully taking out weeds, watering, straightening the plants etc.,. I feel so grateful to the ever pervading almighty for having provided the opportunity to witness the plants grow and also observe the impact & influence of members of the society with whom we interact and sow seeds. Though we may not be able to see the seeds grow, the inward journey more often than not yields positive results. This story is very appropriate and soul lifting one. Each one of us should introspect what I am planting each day and to what extent we are responsible for the outside conditions. Also how do I improve at individual level and the society at large. Thanks for putting it on FB.

  • Ezie December 13, 2013, 1:05 am

    Very inspiring.. can apply in any aspect of our lives…

  • Eric December 12, 2013, 4:10 am

    Thanks for that inspiring message, now we have to practice that and let our lives be an example and inspiration to those around us, GOD BLESS U.

  • Chris December 12, 2013, 12:01 am

    Fascinating yet an inspirational story… Waoooooooo… a great challenge to us… how many of us each day planted the seed of peace, compassion and goodness? Thanks for that….

  • Minku December 11, 2013, 8:03 am

    Really good story…

  • Dharani December 11, 2013, 5:38 am

    Very nice lines Joe.

  • Joseph Muya December 11, 2013, 2:45 am

    Waaoh! It is good story. Real inspiring story. GOD bless you for the good story that teach me something.

  • Krishna Kumar December 11, 2013, 1:44 am

    Very wonderful and inspiring story. Let your nobel efforts continue. With best wishes.

  • Bridgette December 11, 2013, 1:37 am

    Thanks much for sharing… a very inspiring lesson to me..

  • Gautam saha December 11, 2013, 1:02 am

    Beautiful, tender and heart touching experience !

  • Anonymous December 10, 2013, 8:55 pm

    Very inspiring story … Keep it up.

  • Mcbenard rotich kiwakak December 10, 2013, 2:39 pm

    Very inspiring story. God bless you.

  • Camilia December 10, 2013, 1:58 pm

    Incredible story … very inspiring. Thanks.

  • Aditya December 10, 2013, 1:30 pm

    Awesome story!!!

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