Will the seeds you plant today bear fruit?

“If we could unfold the future, the present would be our greatest care.”

Edward Counsel

It is intriguing to consider that we are all outcomes of decisions that our grandparents and great-grandparents made decades ago. Who we are, and more importantly, the lives of the people we will influence were shaped by others’ decisions.

Similarly, the decisions we make today will shape and influence the lives of the children and grandchildren we may not even have yet.

Every decision we make has an impact and consequences for both ourselves and those we love and influence.

Therefore today is the garden we are planting for tomorrow. Tend to it carefully. Be careful to plant vines that will bear fruit and not thorns.

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If you focus on growth, the harvest will come.

“Not seeing results? Feel like giving up? Consider this: The last thing to grow on a fruit tree… is the fruit.”

Author Unknown

If you plant an apple seed today then it will take 6 – 8 years for the tree to grow and then begin to produce fruit. Does this mean you shouldn’t plant the tree? Water and care for the tree? Skip the hard work along way while waiting for the tree to mature to the point where it is capable of producing apples?

Consider this. When an apple tree does mature, and begin to deliver on the vision you had when you first planted it, it can grow 2-5 BUSHELS of apples PER YEAR. That’s a lot of apples.

The moral of the story is this. In our “everything now” world sometimes we get focused on eating an apple RIGHT THIS MINUTE. However, focusing on the right now might cause you to miss out on the incredible fruit that is just around the corner.

The ability we each have to deliver on our potential, and produce bushels of output impacting the lives of others, will come through disciplined focus and care on growth process, not on the fruit itself. The fruit is the result you achieve by not giving up on your dreams when the work is hard and you can’t see past the near term challenges.

If we don’t lose focus and hope we will mature and grow and learn to produce fruit for the world to consume in quantities which greatly exceed our current capacities. “Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.” Galatians 6:9

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