This (scroll to the bottom) is something I’ve listened to on a regular basis for close to two years now. In the morning, while driving or at night as I’m going to bed. Listen and be majorly blessed!
This is for you…and me as it always seems. If you are reading this, then assume that it isn’t a coincidence, a mishap, luck or a fluke. Just what if it was written in the stars that ______ (enter your name here) was meant to read this blog post on _______ (enter today’s date) at this very moment? I believe that is the case. You are here in all of your mess and magic, success and failure, joy and furry…for a reason.
This morning on my church’s meditation prayer line (Side note: it takes place every weekday from 6am-6:20am Mountain and you should join us by calling 712-432-0900 Code 539919#), we discussed a variety of topics. But what stood out to me the most as I hung up the phone and dragged myself out of bed to get the kids to where they needed to go (summer is a really rough time for self-employed, work-at-home parents…just had to throw that in there) was the parable about a farmer and a fig tree. Which can easily be applied to an entrepreneur and a start up, project, relationship, and so on.
It spoke to me so much that I got a fig tree! I also started the herb garden that I’ve been wanting to plant for three summers. Look at me! Taking this three year thing a little too far perhaps…
For three years, the farmer’s fig tree didn’t produce any fruit (leads, clients, contracts, profits, proposals, payout). It was useless. Taking up space in the ground, wasting precious water and using up valuable energy and resources. The groundskeeper told the farmer to cut the tree down. Stop wasting your time on something that will never amount to anything! Sound familiar? This is the part where I’m suppose to be vulnerable (naked right?) and tell of a specific time when I poured my heart and soul into something that left me fruitless, jobless, relationship-less, moneyless and on and on. This time I’m going to spare you the details. This post would drag on forever!
The farmer asked for one more year to till the soil and care for it. The scripture says “let me dig around it and put manure on it.” Basically, let me get a little messy and use the three plus years of poop/crap that I’ve been putting up with to fertilize my situation to get the results I’ve been looking for (i.e. a marriage proposal…true story).
Many of you are right at your 3 years or into your 4th year, and are about to throw in the towel on your business because it hasn’t given you the right fruit. But I want to encourage you to dig around in the soil, get dirty, nurture and care for what you have, show your situation some love and watch God turn it around this year!
I know you may be STUCK, up to your neck in stuff that rhymes with pit (keeping things PG on the blog 🙂 ), but don’t give up just yet. And don’t simply “hang in there”, but show your business, project, relationship the work ethic and love it deserves to be able to grow and produce returns.
I’ll be real with you…I’ve been stuck in some really fresh smelling manure, but I’m half way through my 4th year on some things that haven’t produced what I know God has promised in my life. It’s time to roll up my sleeves, embrace the smell and cultivate the seeds/trees that I’ve planted over the past 3 years in my relationship, children, business and networks.
Just think if that farmer had cut down his fig tree after the 3 years without giving it one more shot? What did you start in 2010/2011 that you’re about to do away with right before your year of breakthrough. How can you press in and change up what you are doing on a daily basis to nurture it so it can grow in 2014?
Completely unrelated, but completely related is the declaration below. A wonderful addition to the Entrepreneur’s Prayer from several months ago that has gotten me unstuck and rejuvenated over and over again. I’ve listed to this regularly for the past year and it is a blessing every time. Every time I take the time out to let it play, it speaks directly to another aspect of my complex, multifaceted, entrepreneurially-driven, fragmented, glorious life in a very profound way. It’s long (trust me…if a video is longer than 6 minutes I usually and quickly pass), but let it play in the background and I pray that it blesses you abundantly! <3 Olivia
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“He spake also this parable; A certain man had a fig tree planted in his vineyard; and he came and sought fruit thereon, and found none. Then said he unto the dresser of his vineyard, Behold, these three years I come seeking fruit on this fig tree, and find none: cut it down; why cumbereth it the ground? And he answering said unto him, Lord, let it alone this year also, till I shall dig about it, and dung it: And if it bear fruit, well: and if not, then after that thou shalt cut it down.” – Luke 13:6-9