Many years ago, a massive group of people gathered to hear the teachings of an all time Grand Rabbi – Jesus Christ, as always, it was an interesting meeting with loads of timeless lessons. I will be building this conversation from some of the excepts of that meeting as recorded in The Manual of Life – Matthew 13:24-30!
The Kingdom of Heaven is likened unto a man which sowed good seed (amazing strengths, potentials for a possible 8th wonder of the world) in HIS field (the human spirit):
But while people slept (took their focus away from developing their #Minds to harness/deliver the #Treasures of their #HumanSpirit), his enemy came and sowed tares (undesirable seeds) on their soil, and went his way, leaving no traces. It was a kind of covert mission.
By the way, the #HumanMind is the soil on which the possibilities of the human spirit are cultivated! So that no matter how much the human spirit is carrying and capable of, it is the quality/richness of #HumanMind – the #Soil that determines what is permitted to grow & to what extent in any field of life.
Back to our story:
So, over time, as signs of the good seed started showing, ‘surprisingly’ signs of the tares started showing as well. But they were shocked because they don’t remember ever sowing the “tares” – the undesirable, potential inhibiting traits.
Well, undesirable traits are usually cultivated unconsciously, whilst positive ones are cultivated and entrenched by a series of consistent conscious efforts.
So as they began noticing the presence of both the desirable and undesirable seed/fruit, they reasoned within/among themselves: we never planted tares, why and how are we seeing them on our field! They wondered where the tares came from! Well, remember the tares were introduced covertly. The tendencies that sow tares in different fields of life, often creep in without notice to people! #PayAttentionToYourField
As they wondered where the tares came from, their Master said to them, an “enemy” (a counter-productive culture) is responsible for this.
They were really alarmed by the presence of the tares, and became deeply concerned to the point that they wanted to start making efforts to root out the tares/undesirable seeds/patterns from their field – life/society.
But their Master advised them against such moves as doing so will be putting their wheats in harm’s way!
So, their LORD said to them, NO; don’t focus on uprooting the tares; for whilst you pay attention and exert energy to uproot the tares you’ll be putting your wheats in harm’s way – weakening your strengths in the process because whilst you turn your attention to what’s wrong, you’ll lose sight of what’s right and hence can’t improve on it; whilst you’re facing the tares, you’ll be defacing the wheat.
There’s a smarter way of dealing with tares!
What a counter productive culture/habit created at one level, will require a constructive productive culture on a different spectrum of focus to fix.
He had a better #Strategy for addressing the presence of the tares, so HE advised them to allow the wheats and tares to grow together till harvest.
This strategy could easily be seen as counterintuitive, but it was a masterstroke because as far as life is concerned, nothing grows without people and a system facilitating it. Which explains why the best strategies solve any social issues, usually work best at the people, cultural and systems levels.
Now you know that if they will allow both the wheats and tares to grow together till harvest, their primary focus will most likely be on cultivating the wheats to mature it for harvest.
And when people turn their focus/attention to growing their wheats – seeking the greater interest of their society; driving desirable results/building the progressive society they desire, the tares wouldn’t survive because they’ll lack the necessary human input to sustain them.
So focusing on growing their wheats will do the much needed separation between the wheats & the tares. Focus is powerful!
NB: harvest isn’t just what people do at the end of a cycle, but it embodies the different bits of work that goes into producing a desired outcome. Just as graduating from the university is not necessarily something that happens at the end of 4/5 years in the university but rather a collection of everything an undergraduates does from the first day in school through their final exams
So, there will be different stages of cultivation before harvest – before the wheats develop to the point where people can place value on and enjoy the value it brings!
E.g: it goes through sowing, nurturing, fertilizing, pruning, weeding, gathering/dressing for the barn/market etc. Each phase demands a proper attention!
The process of the reapers prepping the wheat for harvest/the barns, puts the tares in the field to where they belong – trash.
So regardless of the presence of those “tares” in your field, your focus ought to be around prepping your wheats for harvest/the barns. Do this and you’ll see that you’ve both created a gateway of happiness and reward for you and others, and also taken care of the tares in the process!
Knowing your harvest – your desired outcome creates focus that determines what/where energy needs to be channeled to and what should be worked on!
You see, the tares are a big distraction designed to weaken/stunt the DEVELOPMENT of your wheats by usurping or competing with the useful energy that would have been invested in growing your wheats.
So an ability to stay #Focus on and prep the wheat for a desired harvest and subsequently the barns, notwithstanding the presence of the tares, is a must have and a game changer for every reaper/famer – for you!
The Master was really teaching them resilience and the ability to channel their energies properly to focus on what matters in the midst of distractions;
HE was teaching them how to forge ahead and still achieve desired results in unfavourable/difficult circumstances! #ResilientFocus
Staying #Focused in a heavily distracted world like ours, is Golden!
So one would think that the best way to deal with the tares will be to just root them out, but the Master advised the otherwise.
Thereby teaching us that one can’t achieve the RIGHT results by working on what is WRONG! And the best way to change an undesirable results/patterns is to identify the desired results/patterns, and simply stay focused on achieving desired results!.
1. No one can fertilize, prune, and prep for the barns what hasn’t been sown or expect a harvest from a seed that hasn’t been cultivated! So let’s raise our game and focus on cultivating the results we desire regardless of the tares!
2. If we keep looking at the weather – external or internal, we will not sow, cultivate anything desirable, and hence can’t harvest anything desirable!
We acknowledge the tares but focus on the developing the wheats that’ll displace them and produce the field outcomes – society we desire! if we KEEP focusing on the wrong/trivial issues, we would be left with little or no energy to exert in driving tangible desirable outcomes and realising our most important goals!
3. Those who’ve produced and/or are producing desirable results, had/are having some tares to deal with also, but they did/are doing so smartly with the right FOCUS of ENERGY!
4. If you keep focusing on what is wrong, you’ll keep getting the wrong results. Working on what is wrong is like working on the wrong thing, and that will never produces the right result.
Confront what’s wrong strictly from the place of developing solutions to solve them!
5. In life and in every field, the tares will always be present with the wheats but our focus should be on developing our wheats and not uprooting the tares! of course the best way to uproot the tares is by cultivating the wheats!
6. You saw that they collectively took a stand against the tares that invaded their field; they had none of them supporting the tares. Likewise, we must collectively become genuinely concerned about the future of our society/children and lend a STRONG voice toward solving our social challenges and building systems and instituions that will displace the tares – everything we do not desire in our society!
For any society to see the desirable future they deserve or for people to push their society in the right direction of progress, they must learn to take decisive collective stand against the systems crippling or that’ll potentially cripple their desired harvest.
No one should be seen supporting/defending the tares of poor governance.
The parable of the wheats and tares is a lesson on:
a. Growing and sustaining potentials from the ground where it is cultivated, to the grand stage (barn) where it is optimised and celebrated for the value it adds.
b. It’s about producing desirable results out of the most challenging circumstances;
c. It’s about raising scrupulous leaders in an environment that is badly infested by unscrupulous ones;
So basically, human life/society is designed to be SHAPED by what people FOCUS on and how they engage with/manage the challenges they’re exposed to. Focus FEEDS the mind and the mind SHAPES everything else.
Whether as individuals or a society, it’s expedient for us to check the QUALITY of issues we’re focusing on and the motives behind our engagements! Our focus would determine what is magnified or amplified in both life and society!
We need to ask ourselves if we’re keeping the right focus and making the right investments for the life and society we want.
The BIG Questions
Though, we had wished the tares were rooted out completely from our field, but now we know that won’t happen. So given that our wheats will have to grow among tares (some unfavourable circumstances exacerbated by some unscrupulous elements), the question then is:
How do we still grow our wheats (potentials) to the harvests we desire and into the right barns (in a sustainable way) notwithstanding the tares – the odd against us? #PutOnYourThinkingCap
How do we grow our nation to rank among the top 3 in the world given her many years of ravaging leadership?
Our Overarching Focus
And regardless of the tares around our core institutions and governance systems, our overarching focus should be on building a society that is dignified and respected among nations!
My prayer is that notwithstanding the tares, may your/our wheats (our huge potentials) make it from the ground of cultivation to the grand stand of the barn – the place of desired outcomes, great value exchange and reward for you/our society at large/the future generation!
Finally, guard your field (heart/mind) with all diligence for it is in and from them that the defining seeds/influences that shape life/society are sowed, nurtured & unleashed for Impact.
Cheers to your great harvest/our emerging desirable nation regardless of the tares!
we all have amazing possibilities trapped inside of us…