If I plant a field of corn, some stalks will grow big and beautiful. Others won’t grow tall at all, and will then become wormy and will not produce good corn. When it’s possible to see the state of the corn that is being produced, it becomes time to let go of the corn that is weak and wormy and start concentrating on nurturing the corn that is producing well so that I can harvest it.
When the time comes, I can harvest the good corn from my cornfield and put it in my basket. I can turn it into salsa, eat the cob covered in butter, or I can leave it there. If I leave it in my basket to dry out, it will then die and leave behind seeds that I can plant for next years harvest.
If I decide to allow a corn cob to die in my basket with the intention of planting the seeds for another harvest, I can later collect the dry, shriveled seeds and prepare the soil for planting. In order for these seeds to grow successfully, they must be planted all alone in the damp, cold, dark soil.
The process that these little seeds go through will eventually produce an entire cornfield.
What a picture this process paints about leading others!
Leadership, in order to be successful, cannot be selfish. It cannot always be about my thoughts, my ideas, or my opinions. Even if I am correct in all of those things (which, let’s be real – I’m usually not), but in order to have unity, I sometimes have to let “my way” go. If I forsake unity for the sake of being right, my leadership won’t last long enough for the next harvest.
If the people that I lead don’t believe that I have confidence in them, am I really being a leader? I can make my opinion known, but it is my responsibility to empower the people I lead – I am a leader when I can suck it up, step back, and allow others to make their own decisions.
Be faithful to the process
The process of becoming a better leader can be lonely, just like that little seed. But being faithful to the process of keeping my next season in mind will allow me to influence others in ways I could have never imagined. I believe that God meant for it to be this way – for us to learn the lesson of letting go so that He can put things into motion.
The reason that I’m involved with Rodan and Fields, LoveLogical, and so many others is that I believe they are seeds of “awesomeness” that God has given me to plant so that I can empower more people than I imagined.
What do you need to let go of in order to prepare for your next harvest? What seeds do you need to plant?