Most certainly I tell you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains by itself alone. But if it dies, it bears much fruit.- Jesus Christ (John 12: 24)
I have been ruminating over this thought now for some days, and the more I think of it, the more it strikes me. Your seed will remain a seed and no more until it is put to use. What is your seed? Your seed is anything you have on the inside of you that has the capacity to produce much more. Your seed is that idea you have, that potential you have, that small cash you have, that skill that you have, that opportunity, that is your seed. What particularly interests me is the fact that until it is put into the earth, until it is utilized within this realm, it remains alone, a seed and no more. So why is your seed lying around?
Fear! The number one deterent to laying down our seed is fear. I remember the story of an old farmer. A young executive was travelling near a village when he had a flat tire, he got help from some of the young boys nearby and rather than stay with them, he decided to stroll over to a farmer nearby. The farmer was old, and relaxing in his cane chair. He took a sit beside him and in an attempt to make a conversation, asked the man a question, ” How is the corn doing this year?” he asked. The old man muttered that he didn’t plant any corn this year, he was afraid the rain will wash away the seeds. The man asked how about the beans, the old man replied that he was afraid that there would be drought. How about casava the young man asked, hoping this time to get a good answer, again the old man had been afraid that the weather would not favour casava. “What did you plant?”, the young man asked almost shouting. “Nothing” replied the old man, “I was playing it safe”. Not taking any risk is worse than taking uncalculated risks. Until your seed hits the ground, it remains alone. Move confidently against your fear inspite of your fear. As you face it, it will fade, F.E.A.R is really False Evidence Appearing Real.
Procrastination! The thief of time. Another reason our seed never hits the ground is because tomorrow seems like the best day. We are not ready, something else needs to happen, I’ll do it later, e.t.c. I’m not sermonizing you, it’s the encouragement I have given myself lately. I finished my second book two years ago. Everybody that has read it have told me it’s a masterpiece. I’ve read it almost 10 times, and even I love to read it. It’s a career guide, a wonderful seed. For the past 2yrs it has abided alone, it has been one of those good seeds sitting in a glass frame. What are you procrastinating. Your idea, money, opportunity, skill and talent will not only abide alone, it might be taken from you. Don’t push to later what you must do today, develop a sense of urgency. Your future is Now!
Wisdom! Your seed will not grow anywhere, your earth may not be the ground, it may be people. There is an appropriate earth for your seed, wisdom is knowing what you don’t know, and being able to enquire.
The labor of fools wearies every one of them; for he doesn’t know how to go to the city. -Attributed to a wise king (Ecc 10:15)
Many people have these precious seeds, but don’t know how it works. They don’t know what the earth is for their particular seed, they don’t know how to sow, they don’t know when to sow, they simply do not know. What is most important about your seed it’s not its potentials it’s its commitment. When the seed hits the ground, it is commited. It exausts itself, but then the laws that govern nature take over. Search, learn, enquire.