When younger, I became fascinated with growing my food. I loved the idea I could plant some fruits and vegetables and then harvest them. One of the vegetables I planted were sweet potatoes.
I started enthusiastically but, within a few months, was caught up with other things and didn’t have time to attend to the garden. Eventually, I harvested everything and cleared the land.
Amazingly, within a few weeks, I noticed some buds starting to sprout from the ground. When I dug up the soil, I realized they were the sweet potatoes which had continued to grow underground. I ended up enjoying them one last time.
This story reminds me of the parable of the sewer and how God desires for all of us to be good soil ready to receive His word. When we do, we’ll produce a bounty of fruit when we least expected.
Man Up, Live Outtm:
Read and meditate on Matthew 13:1-23 for yourself. What do these verses say to you? Meditate on it, memorize it, do whatever it takes for it to sink in.
How “fruitful” is your life? Journal the journey. Be real. Be honest.
Forge in Fellowship:
What would it take for you to make your life more fruitful and producing an abundant harvest? Share this with a fellow brother and have them hold you accountable.
Carlos F. Peña is first and foremost a faithful follower of Christ and a devoted husband and father. Professionally he is a CEO, CMO, certified executive, leadership and life coach, business consultant, author, and entrepreneur for various companies he owns and operates. Over the years, Carlos has served in multiple leadership roles in business and ministry. Carlos is President and CMO of Pumped®, Inc., a brand development and design firm, CEO of Led to Lead®, a leadership, career, and business coaching company, and the founder and creator of the FX3® program. In ministry, he currently serves as Director of Men's Small Groups at Christ Fellowship in Miami, FL, focusing on discipleship. Carlos considers it his life's mission to help men discover and challenge them to be the men God desires them to be.
To learn more about Carlos, visit https://carlosfpena.com