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.