A farmer heads out to his freshly plowed field with a sack of corn in his hands. He is about to sow the seed when his stomach begins to rumble. The farmer realizes that he has not had anything to eat and that he is really craving some fresh bread. He leaves the field and heads back home where he crushes the seed into flour and bakes himself a large loaf of fresh bread. Of course when the time comes for the harvest, our poor farmer has nothing to harvest, the field is bare, however his stomach is full…for now!
Reading this short story, all of us would comment, “What a crazy farmer! Why on earth would he do something so foolish? Doesn’t he know that without sowing the seed he will have no harvest?” Obviously our observations are correct. The farmer allowed his base desires to override his common sense. Unfortunately many households, families and businesses across America do the exact same thing. And sadly they do it on a regular basis.
“What is our feed and what is our seed?”
One of the most important yet complicated decisions that we have to make when it comes down to our finances is, “What is our feed and what is our seed?”. I frequently hear statements like this, “Why can’t I be as wealthy as so and so?” ,”Why is it that I can never get my breakthrough?” and my favorite, “One day my boat will come in!” We have seen a few lucky Americans’ boats come in by winning the lottery or some other cash prize extravaganza. We all know and understand the odds of these events actually taking place are astronomical, yet we hold out hope. We cross our fingers and pray that these or something close to these events will transpire for us. If they do we will finally reach our earning potential and become independently wealthy! It is interesting though that a high percentage of these “Lucky Humans” are bankrupt within a year or two.
“Faithful with little we will be faithful with much!”
There is a saying that goes something like this, “If you are faithful with little you will be faithful with much.” If we cannot learn to discern between what our seed is and what our feed is when we have little, we won’t do so when we have much. How many people take their tax return dollars and blow it or use it to pay off debt that they have accumulated over the last twelve months? Or better yet, because of our base desires, any extra seed we might have had, we have eaten by the time the end of the month arrives. If we do not learn to distinguish our feed from our seed, we will never move to the next level. We will always be where we are at, never moving forward in our finances, always having too much month at the end of our money. Our eyes always casting longing glances over the fence of success, at those who have acquired real wealth. We all know money makes money, however we need not wait until the millions come in so that we can make the ten million. We need to start sowing the ten to make the one hundred, the one hundred to make the thousand, the thousand to make the ten thousand, the ten thousand to make the hundred thousand. Only then maybe can we take our millions and make the hundred million. It starts small, but remember, if you eat the ten, like the farmer did, your harvest will never come in, and neither will your boat.