Seeds of Opportunity: What Kind of Soil Do They Find in You?
Could there be a correlation between the way we respond to opportunities and the parable of the sower? A parable is a story which is told to illustrate a lesson or make a point. Jesus used parables to explain what the kingdom of heaven is like, and to teach insightful life lessons.
I speak with a lot of people who want to become more secure financially and many committed to enhancing their health. Much of my work is focused on addressing these areas, and offering an exciting opportunity for others to become their own best solution. Some people take advantage of a great opportunity while others find endless reasons why they can't or won't.
This made me think about the lesson of the sower from The Gospel of Matthew in chapter 13. What kind of soil do the seeds of opportunity find in each of us? What kind of mental or mindset soil do you have, and how do you perceive the seeds of new insight or opportunity when they are presented to you?
The saying, “No Whining” used to offend me; I thought it was harsh. Today, I embrace its recognition of accountability and empowering wisdom. I love working with people who are motivated to improve their lives; as opposed to trying to reach those who’ve asked for help yet won’t make a decision and just keep waiting for something external to happen. I believe, “If it is to be, it’s up to me.”
Happiness is an inside job; waiting on events and circumstances is relinquishing our power of choice and volition. We have the ability to choose. I find ground primed for failure, disappointment and barrenness in “yes buts” and “if onlys” or those thorny “shoulda, woulda, couldas.”
The parable unfolds like this. The sower goes out to sow seed, and as he is sowing, we are given a lesson in soil conditions and what happens as a result of the type of soil into which the seeds fall.
The seeds that fell by the side of the road were eaten and enjoyed by the birds, providing one meal yet producing no grain.
Other seeds fell onto ground that was rocky, without any depth of soil. These seeds sprang up quickly, but because they couldn't establish any roots, there was no way for the new shoots to retain moisture and withstand the heat of the sun, so they dried out and withered away.
Some of the other seeds fell among thorns, and as often happens the thorns grew more quickly than the good seed. Consequently, the thorns overtook and choked out the seedlings.
Then, some of the seeds fell on good soil. They were able to take root and grow, thus producing much grain. Some produced thirtyfold, some sixty and some a hundred times as much grain as was sown.
What kind of soil are we? Are we like the roadside, where the seeds of opportunity and insight are swept away by outside influences?
Are we like the rocky ground, where we receive an opportunity and are at first excited, only to quickly burn out when the going gets tough? Where we have no depth and don’t make any room for growth and fruitfulness; where there is no deep place for the seedlings to take root and find on-going nourishment. This is why all leaders know that we must persist without exception in order to achieve our goals and realize our heart’s desire.
When opportunity comes are we full of thorns, offering conditions that are unwelcoming, inhospitable and negative, thus denying the possibility of a rich harvest in due season?
Or are we receptive and fertile, willing to provide good soil and to continually cultivate life-giving conditions which nurture our own growth and development? Are we willing to learn and enhance our strengths, to recognize our infinite potential and, where we have weaknesses, be diligent in amending the soil of our marvelous minds?
A friend sent me an email and at the end it said, “Life is what you make it; always has been, always will be.” Isn't it time we stop letting external circumstances determine how we spend our days? Could it be time for you to stop tending someone else’s dream garden, and start cultivating your own? Maybe yes, maybe no. That's your call. And it holds true that there is very little we need to say to a truly motivated person, and really nothing we can say to someone who is unmotivated.
What you make of your life is up to you; and there are so many great and viable opportunities available. For me, it is being a home-based business owner. I love sharing opportunities, about which I am passionate, with those who are interested.
After talking with many people near the end of their lives, I’ve come to see that we’re most likely to regret things we didn’t do, rather than things we’ve done. We are likely to regret the chances we didn’t take, the opportunities we let go by, put off until it was too late, or simply ignored.
Whatever your heart’s desire, I urge you to pursue it and cultivate it like a glorious garden. If you are looking for a proven home-based business which deliciously and decidedly enhances our health, my expert upline team and I would love to work with you to realize your dreams.
Take a close look at the kind of soil are you now, the fruits of your life, the harvest of your heart. See if it’s different than what you most want. If it is, know you can amend it. It is up to each of us, and we do have the power to choose, to change and to flourish.
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