Many of you probably heard this Dodge commercial last night during the Superbowl, which used the 1978 speech called, “So God Made a Farmer” by Paul Harvey. It stuck a chord with me because of my family’s history in farming, but also because of the farmers that I get to serve each week here at Simmons. Here’s the speech if you missed it:
From the very beginning we were given the responsibility to care for and enjoy all of God’s creation. For any of you who are farmers, whether professionally or as a hobby, thanks for your hard work and efforts. I rode in the tractor with a good friend of mine recently during early morning chores and I asked him, "What motivates you to work as hard as you do?" He expressed the satisfaction and purpose he finds in being able to feed so many families, including his own, by taking care of God’s creation. It wasn't work, it was a calling. That same desire is within me as well, and I hope to be able to have a place to farm and raise my son some day soon.
I hope that you feel the same way about what we do at Simmons as well. Whether you are at the farms, plant, or office, your work is putting food on a families plate tonight. That’s a real special calling and such a significant way to invest a work week.
So thanks for all that you do. I really appreciate it and so do the thousands and thousands of people that we feed each day. God bless and have a great week.