The emphasis of last weekend's retreat was The Hope of God's Call. Our speaker, Norm Wakefield, gave us much to be hopeful about!
One thing that he said which made a lot of sense was that every teaching that we hear comes to us in seed form. In the natural, if we take a packet of seeds and put it on the shelf, it will not be likely to produce anything for us, no matter how good those seeds are. If, however, we take those seeds and put them into prepared soil, and water and weed the plot, then we will quite likely get some results after some time. If the seeds are from a fruit, we might even get some fruit to eat and enjoy!
When we hear a message, no matter how good, if we just put it on the shelves of our mind, it will do us very little good and we will probably be discouraged that no change has occurred in our lives. If we take that message home with us and cultivate it by meditating on it and praying about it until it is a part of our lives, then we are likely to see some good fruit in our lives at some point.