This past Saturday morning, I set out on a run, but didn’t even make it a block before I had to stop. I had a giant boulder in one of my shoes (or so I thought.) When I stopped to shake out my shoe however, all that I could see was a teensy, weensy, itty-bitty, little grain of dirt. The “boulder” that I was certain I had in my shoe, wasn’t even big enough to be categorized as a pebble! As I shook out my shoe, I marveled at the ability of this tiny speck. Despite it’s demure size, it had the strength to stop me dead in my tracks. The grain of dirt in my shoe immediately reminded me of the mighty mustard seed.
“Because you have so little faith. Truly I tell you, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you.”- Matthew 17:20
WOW. How powerful is that? Jesus says that if we only have a minuscule amount of Faith ( just a tiny mustard seed-sized amount) it is enough to do anything. ANYTHING. Knowing this, how can we each handle our problems differently? If we approach each new day with this truth in mind, is there anything that we cannot do? NO. Absolutely not. With just a mustard seed-sized amount of Faith, there is no obstacle that we cannot overcome. All we have to do is plant the seed.
“The kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed, which a man took and planted in his field. Though it is the smallest of all seeds, when it grows, it is the largest of garden plants and becomes a tree, so that the birds come and perch in its branches.” -Matthew 13:31-32 (NIV Version)
The power of one tiny seed planted can alter the earth’s landscape forever. Likewise, we can change our future by planting the right thoughts, the right actions, the right prayers, and the right beliefs in our heart. One of my favorite stories to illustrate this point is the Cherokee legend of, “The Tale of Two Wolves.”
An old Cherokee is teaching his grandson about life:
“A fight is going on inside me,” he said to the boy.
“It is a terrible fight between two wolves. One is evil- he is anger, envy, sorrow, regret, greed, arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority, lies, false pride, superiority, and ego.”
He continued, “The other is good- he is joy, peace, love, hope, serenity, humility, kindness, benevolence, empathy, generosity, truth, compassion, and faith. The same fight is going on inside you-and inside every other person, too.”
The grandson thought about it for a minute and then asked his grandfather: “Which wolf will win?”
The old Cherokee simply replied, “The one you feed.”
Every day we “plant seeds” and “feed wolves.” The small, seemingly insignificant seeds we encountered may not always stop us dead in our tracks. Once planted and fed though, these seeds have the power to change the course of our lives, and of those around us for generations to come.
Will you join me today in planting tiny seeds of love, hope, and faith in your life, and in those around you? I pray you will.