The power of a seed
I received a Facebook message last week from a former player at Jefferson County Christian School and it brightened my life.
We never really know the impact we make on people unless something is said.
You can never underestimate the power of a seed.
You can also never underestimate what the seed is being watered with.
Whatever that liquid is will make an impact.
Not only will it make an immediate impact, it will also have some sort of lasting impact, because it won’t be forgotten.
“That same day Jesus went out of the house and sat beside the sea. And great crowds gathered about him, so that he got into a boat and sat down. And the whole crowd stood on the beach. And he told them many things in parables, saying: “A sower went out to sow. And as he sowed, some seeds fell along the path, and the birds came and devoured them. Other seeds fell on rocky ground, where they did not have much soil, and immediately they sprang up, since they had no depth of soil, but when the sun rose they were scorched. And since they had no root, they withered away. Other seeds fell among thorns, and the thorns grew up and choked them. Other seeds fell on good soil and produced grain, some a hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty. He who has ears, let him hear.” — Matthew 13:1-9
The liquid is our words and how they are said.
Are they bathed in love or sarcasm? Vitriol or kindness?
I can be unhappy with my team and still bathe my words in love.
Our rule was that anything could be said inside the four walls of our gym, but it had to be said with the right heart.
If you couldn’t do that, don’t say it.
It wasn’t always done, and those were also times for lessons.
The seed is planted, watered with love/vitriol and grows.
That growth then spawns new seeds.
Those seeds are watered with kindness/sarcasm and grow.
Years ago I listened to Luther Vandross say that the tone of a voice in saying “Good morning” will start his day in a certain direction.
“Don’t use that tone with me.”
Who has said it and heard it?
Never underestimate the seed that is planted, how it can grow and where it can lead.
¯ Don’t give away your joy, but give away your smile.
A smile costs nothing to give and it can give many others a smile and a pick-me-up.
I have been in many establishments where it appears those behind the counter have no earthly idea how to smile.
A smile does a lot.
Any fathers out there who smile when your child does something and you look out of the corner of your eye and the wife is doing anything but smiling?
Been there a lot.
“You’re not helping” is usually the response.
“I don’t know. I thought it was funny.”
Not giving away your joy is smiling at someone, not having them return the smile and you not smile at the next person because of the first person.
Don’t let that first person steal your joy.
Don’t give away your joy to the one who didn’t return a smile.
A smile can uplift someone in a way we can never imagine.
And, a smile at a time when your team is sure you will do anything but, tends to go a long way.
¯ A choir is always lounder than a voice.
This is why choirs can sound so amazing.
If you have never heard the Brooklyn Tabernacle Choice, I strongly suggest a listen.
Always remember, though, the choir can also lead one voice in the wrong direction.
This is where a locker room is so important for a team.
The choir (leadership) can keep a team moving in the right direction while (outside) voices tend to attempt to take over the steering wheel.
The choir must be unified in the song selection, the team message.
¯ If Jonah found grace in the belly of a whale, so can you.
It’s really the world’s greatest fish story.
Jonah was called to Ninevah and he said no. He went to Tarshish.
He liked Tarshish because there was no challenge, unlike Ninevah. Tarshish was comfort, unlike Ninevah.
These is a portion of Jonah in all of us.
The belly was a temporary spot for Jonah. It wasn’t a life sentence.
Our responsibility is to understand that, accept the grace we are given, and be a positive influence in the lives of others.
Jonah did that.
¯ You cannot legislate hearts.
We all have choices every day on how we will act, react and live.
We choose to fill our hearts with love and compassion or hate and indifference.
At some point in time, that 3-year-old who played with anyone and everyone has grown up with a hard heart.
“Meekness, temperance: Against such there is no law.” — Galatians 5:23.
Not really sure what that means, please read anything and everything by former Tampa Bay and Indianapolis head coach Tony Dungy, who played for Chuck Noll and the Steelers in 1977 and 1978.
(Mathison, a Weirton resident, is the sports editor for the Herald-Star and The Weirton Daily Times. He can be contacted at email@example.com and followed on Twitter @HSDTsports)