Friday, August 29, 2014

We reap what we sow

Today is the day

Today is the day we can start making our sowing greater than our reaping.

1.      God’s law.  The Parable of Sower can be found in Matthew 13. That same day Jesus went out of the house and sat by the lake. 2 Such large crowds gathered around him that he got into a boat and sat in it, while all the people stood on the shore. 3 Then he told them many things in parables, saying: “A farmer went out to sow his seed. 4 As he was scattering the seed, some fell along the path, and the birds came and ate it up. 5 Some fell on rocky places, where it did not have much soil. It sprang up quickly, because the soil was shallow. 6 But when the sun came up, the plants were scorched, and they withered because they had no root. 7 Other seed fell among thorns, which grew up and choked the plants. 8 Still other seed fell on good soil, where it produced a crop—a hundred, sixty or thirty times what was sown. 9 Whoever has ears, let them hear.”

2.      Nature’s law. The law of the farm states that when we plant corn we have the potential to harvest corn. When we plant wheat we have the potential to harvest wheat. When we plant tomatoes we harvest tomatoes. We must plant before we can harvest. Nature has the capability to multiply our bounty when applied properly.

3.      The principles in the law. The principles in the natural law of the farm are sequenced and timed: perspective, planning, preparation, planting, prevention, protection, and performance. Violating these principles is asking for a poor harvest or no harvest at all.

4.      The application of the law. The law of the farm is a natural law from God. It applies in all that we do and all that we are. Think about the parable, you being the sower and the people around you being the ones where the seeds land.

5.      Delay gratification. Patience is a virtue. There is a time for everything. We certainly cannot reap before we sow, can we?

6.      Long term thinking. Save the best seeds. Never run out of seeds. It pays to invest in the best seeds.

7.      The Power of compounding. Each seed carries the genetic potential to produce a great harvest. Match the seed with the ground where the seed will grow.

Will you join my cause to fight mediocrity in the world?
Pass these nuggets on to others.
We make a living by what we get; we make a life by what we give. Be a giver in a world of takers.

Be blessed and be a blessing to others.
Carlos Fontana, President of Phalanx
Co-author of the book Follow to Lead (The 7 Principles to Being a Great Follower)

Author of the book PRICELESS (Sixty-Six Simple Stories of Reflection, Love, and Legacy

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