Where there are no oxen, the manger is clean, but abundant crops come by the strength of the ox.

Proverbs 14:4

Do you want a clean life?

Take a deep breath, stop reading, and think about it.

Do you want a clean life?

Do you want a life free from worry?
Free from heartache?
Free from pain?
Free from personal, professional, and relational failure?

Does that sound like something you want?

Let me ask it in another way: do you want a small life?

One free of the stumbles, the set backs, the terror, the division, the confusion, and ultimately the possible rewards that come form taking risk?

There is an old proverb that says that if you, the farmer, want a clean barn then you can have a small farm. But if you want a big farm you'll need help. Specifically oxen which means you'll have to deal with feedings and sh...ovelings, plantings and harvestings.

In the same manor you can have a clean, small life if you choose. But if you want to do something, and you want to step into the arena, and you want to contend with time and with fate and with circumstance to assemble a new destiny then you will have problems. Personal, professional, and relational dirt if you will. Filth you'll need to shovel day in a day out. But to win you must take action; therefore, you must embrace the dirt.