Let’s start by reading in the Bible in the book of Matthew chapter 9, and we will read from verse 36 to 38, and it says, “When He (Jesus) saw the crowds, He had compassion on them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd. Then He said to His disciples, “The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into His harvest field.”
What do you see when you look at the world or the people, and the environment surrounding you?
Well, this is what Jesus saw; the harvest. But for the rest of us, the answer it could have been something different. Even in our current world right now, when we watch news some of us see trouble everywhere, wickedness, poverty, wars, problems, negativity, and all different kind of things that we should run away from. But there are a few people who probably see things different from us; perhaps they see a harvest, potential to help, and so on.
The Bible passage said, the Lord Jesus looked at the people, and had compassion on them. And He knew he had a potential to help them, and they were His harvest. He had something to offer them that they were in need of. These people were sick, in bondage, harassed and helpless like the passage says, lived in darkness; they had all kinds of needs that He was their solution. And He saw all those people, His harvest, and wanted to help them, but the workers were few. When we are living in this mortal body, we are limited. He had to send people to harvest for Him where He could not reach. He couldn’t go to all places, therefore He had to recruit people; His disciples, followers, and so forth. Even today, there are so many harvests for the Lord than the workers. Not all people are willing to go and preach the Gospel when they see someone need to hear it. Sometimes people need to hear that God cares for them, some people need to hear about the Lord so that they can get out of bondage, and the chains they are stuck in, or they can get some light about some things in life in God’s perspective. There are some things that Jesus can deliver us from through The Holy Spirit, and we don’t have to be stuck in them forever.
When we are preaching the Gospel or evangelizing, we are planting seeds to those people. We are the workers, but the harvest, the people, are of the Lord. He is the one Who does all the inner work concerning the Kingdom of God through the Holy Spirit of God; the pruning, the watering, the guiding, and et cetera. We are just the vehicles He uses; pretty much it’s God who does all the work through us.
We all have so much potential. Each one of us has something that we can offer the world to make it a better place. All you have got to do is to stick to what you know. So many people in this world today are vulnerable and are in need of something or our services. Take a look around and you will see it. And all we have got to do is provide solutions.
If you have knowledge about something or have skills that you can offer to solve problems, that’s all you need to get your foot in the door. If you have experienced something that you were able to overcome, you can share that with the world, or with the people that surround you, and in your community. We can offer encouragement and insight so that they can rise up and fight, so that they can see a bit of light and have hope. That’s all it takes to start planting some seeds. And if we stick long enough, we will harvest what we have planted, because we reap what we sow.
You know the hardest thing when it comes to starting a business is not about planting seeds. The hardest part of starting a business is how long you can stick around until you start harvesting. It takes time until a business starts making profit and establishes its credibility. Usually for most businesses the survival period will range from six months to three years, but some even more. And in the beginning you will be battling against time and resources; time to create and planting seeds, and resources to enable you doing so and get more exposure.
But those who have already succeeded in running successful small or big businesses, they will tell you that the formula is pretty simple. There is seed time and a harvest time. The seed time will be creating contents, creating products, make sale offers, and so on. But in between the seed time and the harvest time, there is a long wait of period that requires you to be patient. This is where after you have created your seeds, you are now watering them; watering your business relationships with your customers, suppliers, vendors, partners, investors, expanding your network, influence, or exposure; basically getting yourself out there. The formula says, if you plant enough seeds, soon or later, when patient enough, the harvest must come. So this can mean creating your own product mix, and the more products you have in your product mix, the better. You can even sell other people products and services in the beginning to get you started. And then scatter your seeds to as many people or places you can.
In marketing there is this tool called promotional mix. Just like product mix you can create a multiple lines of products so you can have a variety of products to offer, with promotional mix, you basically have a chance to expose your business in various promotional platforms. The promotional mix tool consists of advertizing, public relations, personal selling, and sales promotion. Most big businesses have cash to spend on promotional mix and promote their products on various channels to acquire even more profit. The good thing with promotional mix tool, it can help your business reach a large target market to earn much more profits.
So, what do you see when you look at the world or the people surrounding you? A burden to bear, or a harvest, or an idea to start a charity, or something you can offer solutions for, or a story you can publish in your book, an opportunity to start your own business, or multi-million dollar company…hahaha. What do you see?
Successful people see opportunities in places or situations where other fail to see. Sometimes problems are opportunities, and successful people know that. To some people problems are their opportunities to do something with greater meaning, to get out of poverty, and to live to their full potentials.
And if you are already doing something, keep creating seeds, and keep planting, because in due season you shall reap your harvest. All you have got to do is work hard on your craft, and wait long enough until your hard work pays off.
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