At one point, the St. Louis Rams had Jason Brown, one of the best centers in the league at the time. His natural accolades awarded Brown a five-year contract and $37 million. It is evident that Brown achieved what most people dream of: fortune and popularity. For Brown, he found it all meaningless.
As a result, Jason Brown simply walked away from the spotlight. Instead, he chose to pursue a life with purpose. So what is Brown’s purpose? You probably won’t believe it but it is farming! Brown gave up his prestigious position in the NFL to be a plain, old farmer!
The news of Jason Brown’s pursuit of purpose was originally reported by News Observer a year ago. Jason Brown bought a farm in Louisberg consisting of a massive dairy barn, silo, fields, four large ponds, and a large white house gleaming with a fresh coat of paint. He gave his new land the name “First Fruits Farm.”
From that point on, Jason Brown worked to achieve his vision for First Fruits Farm. Dozens of youngsters fishing in the ponds. Fields dedicated to providing fresh produce to shelters and food pantries. School groups coming to admire the scenery, watch deer, turkeys, nesting eagles, and long-legged egrets.
Advance one year forward to today in which CBS reports that Jason Brown persevered from a less-than-mediocre first harvest to a phenomenal second harvest of 100,000 pounds of sweet potatoes.
“When you see them pop up out of the ground, man, it’s the most beautiful thing you could ever see. Not in man’s standards, but in God’s eyes.”
All 100,000 pounds of sweet potatoes were donated to food pantries following Jason Brown’s vision that the first fruits of his harvest will all go to feeding those who are in need. You can actually watch a video of Brown describing his life of purpose one year after starting First Fruits Farm as well as seeing the fruit of his labors.
Jason Brown may have found his true calling after leaving the St. Louis Rams, a team that is presently in a negative light for rumors of being relocated to Los Angeles and their personal opinion towards the incident happening in Ferguson. In conclusion, Jason Brown says it best describing what it is he is giving through First Fruits Farm: love.
“Love is the most wonderful currency that you can give anyone.”
What do you think about Jason Brown’s choice to leave the NFL to pursue a life of purpose? Do you think he is doing more now as a farmer than he was as a center for the St. Louis Rams?
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