Pears and Apples. Apples and Pears.

Speaking as someone who has never cultivated fruit trees before...

I've got to think that if someone wants a pear, they should pick it from a pear tree.

And if they want a pear tree, they should plant a pear tree.

And I would suspect that no one is going to plant a pear tree if they've never had a pear before. 

I've had a pear before, and I think pears are delicious. 

But, here's the thing: For the majority of my ministry, I've been operating under the assumption that if I want pears, the best way to do that is to chop down the apple trees and graft the pear sprig onto that stock. It has a better chance of survival that way, right? Existing roots capable of sustaining the new fruit that will be born.  Makes total sense, doesn't it?

But then I am forced to face the fact that there are a lot of people who want apples, and are gonna be pretty upset at me getting rid of their orchard. 

I've changed my mind now. 

I think the best thing to do is not to cut down the apple tree. 

I think the best thing to do is to just go ahead and plant a pear tree. It might take awhile for those trees to grow and start bearing fruit. But it will be worth the wait.

Because pears are delicious.