I am on my way to Day Two of the Willow Creek Global Leadership Summit. It is my favorite leadership conference of the year even if I am going to a “satellite” venue and watching it all on a big (huge) screen. I feel like I am exposed to the top notch leaders and business people and glean rich leadership fodder. I am always challenged to grow.
I love it an look forward to it every year.
Bill Hybels always opens the Summit and I find his talks to be the most practical and applicable of the entire conference. Yesterday was no exception. After a hilarious self introduction (he claimed he could find no one else to do it, which I highly doubt) that made the audience feel like he was just a great guy doing his best and making mistakes like the rest of us, Bill turned our attention to the parable of the sower in Luke 8:4-8. He opened up a simple idea that I had never thought of before:
The rejection rate of the seed was 75%.
25 % of the seed took root and produced a tree.
If you want more trees, plant more seeds.
If you want a better harvest, sow more seeds.
Sow more and don’t be disappointed when three out of the four of the seeds don’t take root.
Sow more seeds.
I have to get moving so that I can be on time to the first session but I wanted to share this little nugget with you today. I am so thankful for you and so blessed that I get to share my life with you. I pray that God will use this truth today to encourage and maybe jump start your journey.
Have a fantastic seed-sowing day!