Work in the fields

By Paulo Coelho

A boy crossed the desert and finally arrived at the monastery of Sceta, near Alexandria. There he asked and was given permission to attend one of the abbot’s talks.

That afternoon, the abbot spoke of the importance of their work in the fields.

At the end of the talk, the boy said to one of the monks:

‘I was really shocked. I expected to hear an enlightened sermon on sin and virtue, but the abbot talked only about tomatoes and irrigation and things like that. Where I come from we all believe that God is mercy and that all we have to do is pray.’

The monk smiled and said:

‘Here we believe that God has done His part and now it is up to us to continue the process.’

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Comments

  1. Leaf says:

    I would rather spend time working in the fields with the monks or nuns than listen to some know-it-all spout sin and virtue….things are always easier to talk about than do, and some things, like re-planting the world, are more urgent than telling people what they already know.
    xxxx

  2. Marie-Christine says:

    God knows tomatoes are an anti-cancer agent.

  3. punkinsmom says:

    I’m thankful that there are people like you to tend the tomatoes that I like to consume. I’m not so good at tending, but very good at devouring.

  4. button flower says:

    time to eat tomatos and how beautiful and sweet they are too.

  5. maasumeh says:

    Thanks

  6. fLUXman says:

    bo0om paulo,
    i would like to add, the we are This G O D
    why are we alienating ourselves from us.
    planting consciousness for us all,
    the ocean level is to rise by 30 to 48 cm they say, i dont think so , more like much more. soon humanity will have to prove to itself that we are fit to be part of G O D.
    love ….
    bo0om
    fLUXman…

  7. Leaf says:

    Maasumeh,
    Paulo will say; You are free to post any blog naming him as the author. Thank you
    LOVE

  8. maasumeh says:

    Sir Paolo if you permit me i like to translate your text in your blog to Persian for Iranian in my blog with your name of course.

    The only things i think it is i have god who help me and he see me all the times he made me the world i live i enjoy i suffer and i should make it more proper than it is.(Please answer me if you are agree with me.)
    I love my god also sometimes i do not believe in him.but i just pray him in lonely.i love him , Dear Sir Paolo I live in Iran , I think you know about Iran , Islam , god and religion in my country.i think the abbot has a great and so nice meeting but from there i doubt to all the religion men and religion i have to say i doubt to his words.

  9. Leaf says:

    I would rather spend time working in the fields with the monks or nuns than listen to some know-it-all spout sin and virtue….things are always easier to talk about than do, and some things, like re-planting the world, are more urgent than telling people what they already know.
    xxxx

  10. Christine says:

    Hey Paulo, Question: Do you believe that a person or group of people can sabotage someone’s path or personal legend?

  11. Lan Nguyen says:

    Thank you for your stories, Sir Paulo! And thank you for the booklet The Way of The Bow as well!

    I,too, believe that besides praying, we have to do our work in the best way to match God`s plan for us, knowing that God is with me and you all the way!

    I can plant a seed, and hope for it to grow, but I could not make the earth, the water, the sun and the air. God is every where. The sun, the trees, the birds,the moon and people reveals God`s great works. However, God needs not these works to prove his power. He just loves us and wants us to live , love, work and enjoy life even it is at times quite hopelessly difficult and challenging!

    I am grateful to God, to you and people who make life easier, meaningful, beautiful and inspiring! Thank you!

    Best wishes from Lan

  12. Nancy says:

    I am lucky to live in a country(Canada) where non-profit organizations are plenty. Food banks, social services, places where street kids can go for free meals and a place to sleep, charity organizations that have enough donors to continue helping other people in the world, environmental groups. I am thankful for all those people who are continuing God’s work.

  13. Hi Paulo,

    That has been an inpiring message.Its humane that we all resort to spirituality ,when we are most convinsed that there is nothing else left for us to do things better.However,as the boy,most of us nurture the impression that God is there just to answer our prayers.To put it in a nutshell,we are under the impression that ,God is there for us in which consciously or unconsciously we forget the fact that we are for God.