“Another parable He put forth to them, saying: “The kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed, which a man took and sowed in his field, which indeed is the least of all the seeds; but when it is grown it is greater than the herbs and becomes a tree, so that the birds of the air come and nest in its branches.”” Matthew 13:31-32
Glad to come your way again… I have read this Bible passage umpteen times, but for some reason, it hit different this time when I read it less than a week ago. It really got me thinking on a lot.
Today, I want to encourage anyone who is involved in starting an enterprise of any sorts. Bank your hope on this scripture!
This is Jesus preaching to the multitudes in parables about the kingdom of God. What is a parable? It is a story (fiction or non-fiction) for an illustration to bring home a spiritual truth. So parables can serve more as a coded message. What is the kingdom of God then? In the book of Mathew particularly, the kingdom of God could refer to God’s sovereign rule, God’s place, God’s presence or God’s system of governance. So depending on the context of Mathew, these are different shades of meaning.
So in this story, the kingdom of God here refers to God’s system of governance or how things are done. Jesus used this story to explain a concept about how things may start small and in-seemingly insignificant, but it grows to become something mighty.
In between the planting (starting) and the growth of an enterprise is the most important period or space. What you do in that time truly matters. The middle can at times be uncomfortable, but a great place of learning and stretching. Let us look at some few things we can do.
1. Focus- starting anything will test your level and intensity of focus. Beware of three things when starting an enterprise: a similar type that failed, a similar type that started around the same time and a similar type that has succeeded. All these three can serve as distraction if not taken care. The first one discourages you that it can’t be done. The second one puts you in competition and you will always be comparing notes at who is better, the third can make you feel inferior, thinking if this is here, why start a similar model of this kind? You have to focus on your vision and mission statement of your thing, and make it happen. At best, use those models as a learning aid, and keep on moving. Today is my hundredth blog post. There are many blogs out there with millions of readers that could distract me, but I am bent on focusing on this blog to make it the best it can be.
2. Consistency– you have to master the art of doing the same thing over and over again. In between planting and harvesting, one of the daily things the farmer has to master is the art of watering. The middle times really test your conviction. It is out of conviction that consistency is born. My consistency has been challenged since April 2018 (first time I blogged). I have always had to go back to question my conviction. Answering that question honestly will keep your motor on. In my opinion, this is the biggest hurdle to get over and the most difficult. If you are convicted, the word difficult will spur you on. If not, you will just resign that it is not for you.
3. Belief- it is important to believe in the positive outcome of your enterprise and see better prospects ahead. If not, you will close it down. When you have that belief, it affects your work ethic, your investments etc. Sometimes, we make the mistake of seeking external belief through our friends and the like. It is good if they believe in your project, but most times, belief has to be internal. You believing it is more than enough. You have to come to a place of full convincing if your project will grow. For me, it causes me no harm and no sweat at all to believe. If I don’t, I will be the first person to shut it down. Belief focuses on the process and not the time period per se. If you believe it, then it is worth your time and life.
May your enterprises see the day of light! May it grow to full fruition! May all your desires concerning that thing materialize that your joy may be full!
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