When I spent time in Napa Valley with my friend, Kristof, I learned things I would have never known about vine-growing, wine, and vineyards.
I didn't realize the amount of time needed to take care of a vineyard or that a vintner won't see fruit for the first three years, or open a bottle of wine until the eighth year, or break even until at least the fifteenth.
The biggest thing I learned is that anyone can plant a crop. But someone who chooses to plant a vineyard is committed to the crop because everything takes time.
John 15 reminds us that Jesus isn't taking a short-term approach, but instead looking at the long-term perspective that God has for you and I.
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