Visualize Success When You Sow

"Now we see but a poor reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known.

And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love." 1 Corinthians 13:12,13

When we see an apple seed, we can envision an apple tree with apples. When we see an egg, we can envision a chicken that has the ability to produce it's own eggs. Why is it so difficult to envision success when we sow the right seeds?

Think about a great achievement that you've had in your own life. Now, think back to when you started the endeavor that produced the success. When I was a freshman in high school, I had a strong desire to be on the debate team. As a freshman, I really wasn't very good. In fact, sometimes when we lost, I didn't even know why we lost. However, I continued to research, practice, and compete. I would go to debate camp during the summer, and spend many evenings researching new and better arguments. By the time, I graduated from high school, my partner and I were able to win the state competition.

Although I had the faith (belief) that we would win; hope that we would win; and the love for debate; it still took time for the success to manifest. Even though the full manifestation for me was winning the state championship, there were definite signs along the way. For example, my Sophomore year, we placed third in state. This is the process that I've seen in every achievement in my life.
"For the earth bringeth forth fruit of herself; first the blade, then the ear, after that the full corn in the ear." - Mark 4:28
I mention faith, hope, and love because these are great motivators. These are the things that keep us going. All of these relate to vision. If you have faith, you believe you can achieve something. If you have hope, you have a dream for something better. If you have love, you see the potential in something. If you have all three of these, you are able to look beyond what is seen on the surface, the outside, or the beginning.

Notice that the greatest motivation is love. If you love someone or something, you will persevere long after your desire for achievement dissolves. Love for his father is what enabled Nando Parrado survive after the plane carrying his rugby team crashed in the Andes.

His thoughts turned increasingly to his father, who he knew must be consumed with grief, Nando resolved that he must get home or die trying as his mother and sister had been killed in the crash. He led an expedition up the treacherous slopes of a snow-capped mountain and across forty-five miles of frozen wilderness in an attempt to find help.

So, set your vision; tap into the power of faith, hope, and love; and see your seeds produce success.
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