Ribs In The Oven

Mar 12, 2024

Last week was a tough week that added to an aggregate series of events (some good & some difficult) that have drained my energy reserves dry. Last Sunday when we finally arrived home from the airport after being there for my father-in-law during his final days, we were greeted by the amazing smell of ribs in our kitchen. In case you are wondering about the model of oven that I have that magically produces ribs, worry not, it’s not that special. What is special is that a great friend of mine commonly known as Big Dave (David Lockhart) knew about our week, took it upon himself to smoke some ribs, let himself into our house (like I said - close friend), and put ribs into our oven with only a text that said he’s praying for us and enjoy. The ribs were delicious, but this was more than just about the ribs; it was about the thought, the love, and the effort poured into ensuring we returned to warmth and comfort. And the circle of support didn’t end with Dave. The Pieplow's, our reliable friends, didn’t think twice before stepping in to care for our animals. The Larsons brought over baked treats, adding a bit of sweetness to our return. Together, with countless prayers and offers of support from many others, our village gave us strength and relief.

These acts of kindness shine a spotlight on the power of our village – the network of friends, family, and colleagues whose presence makes the burdens of life lighter and its joys brighter. The village make up the pieces that complete the puzzle of what makes life wonderful.

At work, our village is equally crucial. Imagine a workplace where everyone is a Big Dave, a Pieplow, or a Larson in their own way; a place where support and service are the norms, not exceptions. A place where we look to help each other and ensure the WE is more important than the ME. That kind of environment doesn't just make it fun; it elevates productivity, fosters innovation, and turns challenges into opportunities for growth. The right team can make all the difference, turning work from a mere job into a shared mission.

Personally, I’m thankful for the village I get to go to battle with at Ag Partners. It’s filled with great people who care about each other, that focus on serving our farmers, and that effort makes the sum of our whole greater than our parts.

This week, take a moment to reflect on the villages you are a part of. Who are the people that stand by you? More importantly, whose village are you contributing to? Are you the one leaving metaphorical ribs in the oven for someone in need or stepping in to help without being asked? If so, you are more important than you realize.

That leads me to this week’s challenge… Go a step further in appreciating and contributing to your village. Identify someone who could use a word of encouragement, a helping hand, or even a simple act of kindness. And then, take action. Whether it's through mentorship, lending your expertise, or just being there to listen, EVERY ACTION COUNTS.

Next week I’ll be taking PTO to lay my father-in-law to rest and focus on family so next week I’ll be “thoughtless”.

I’m thankful that you were willing to go to work today, that you took the time to read this, and for being a part of what makes this world wonderful!