By Sarah Sinda
You may not know it, but you might be overlooking something that has incredible worth. It might look insignificant. It might look unimpressive. It might appear inconsequential. And although it’s power is not seen with the naked eye, make no mistake. It is powerful beyond your comprehension.
We have all been given seeds. They come in all varieties, shapes and sizes. But we have all been given seeds. Some seeds come in the form of resources, time, talents, and dreams. They often look ordinary and unassuming. In fact, if you don’t know what you possess, you might simply discard it and never think twice. That would be a grave mistake. Not only would you miss out on the fruit of the seed, but so does the world around you…and maybe even the generations that follow.
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A wise man once said, “You can count how many seeds in an apple, but you can’t count how many apples in a seed.” Every seed has the DNA of multiplication. Its job isn’t just to make one more seed, but to make an apple tree that produces how many apples with how many seeds that will become how many trees and will produce for how many generations? You and I would never be able to count the harvest that can come from one seed.
Each seed is bursting with promise and possibility. The potential is locked away until someone carefully and deliberately chooses to plant it rather than discard it. I’m certain that I’ve knowingly and unknowingly tossed aside valuable seeds that were placed under my care. We’ve been given these seeds to be conscientious stewards. Our job is to look for opportunities to invest and plant these seeds but often times we choose not to. Sometimes fear, insecurity, and inexperience can all play a part in this.
When have I missed opportunities to sow seeds of kindness? When have I chosen to hang on to my finances when I could have invested them into someone? When have I chosen to cower in fear when I knew I had a talent that could be used to help others?
The older I get, the more I realize how short our time is here on earth. I want to invest the seeds I’ve been entrusted. I want to sow my finances, talents, time, dreams, and other resources because I believe in the people around me. I believe they are valuable enough to invest in. And I believe that together we can make a difference…a difference that multiplies what we see as worthless and turns it into an abundant orchard of hope.
How about you? Have you been looking at the small things you’ve been entrusted and mistakenly assumed that they were unimportant? How can you begin to invest even the smallest seeds today so that one day that seed will reach its full potential?
Investing seeds can be as big as moving forward on a life-long dream or as small as exchanging a smile and a kind word with a stranger. We may not have much control over what seeds we’ve been given, however, the incredible thing is that we determine how we will sow the seeds. For example, I enjoy teaching leadership principles and helping people reach their full potential. I have chosen to take what I have learned and invest in students in grades 6th through 12th. I’m passionate about giving them tools and knowledge so they can break free from things that hold them back. Many of them want to make good choices but simply need someone to help equip them and believe in them. I am choosing to invest in students because I believe that the seeds that are planted today, will help them tomorrow.
Recently, my husband and I decided to step out and make an even bigger investment with the students of our area. We are building a youth center! If you are interested in hearing more about it or would like to invest your resources in the next generation, feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit our GoFund Me page at: www.gofundme.com/legacy-youth-center.
Together, we can intentionally plant seeds and one day the full potential of those seeds will grow into an amazing harvest. What an honor it is to be a part of the process!
Sarah Sinda grew up in the Port Huron area, graduated from Port Huron High School and loves the Blue Water Area. She has been married to her husband, Michael, for over 20 years and together they have four boys ages 17, 15, 13 and 11. She has worked with students 18 and under for the past 22 years and loves to be an encouraging voice in their lives. During those years she has also found her love of building and leading volunteer teams. She enjoys learning, applying and teaching leadership principles and believes that everyone is called to lead someone. She is passionate about helping people move past obstacles and reach their full potential. She believes that authenticity and vulnerability are launching pads for personal growth and important building blocks in healthy relationships. Recently Michael and Sarah have decided to build Legacy Youth Center so they can continue successfully reaching students through camps and other events. Sarah desires to invest everything she has into living her bravest life each day and invites you to do the same.