The Mustard Seed | #MyFridayStory №218

“No man knows how bad he is till he has tried very hard to be good.”

~ C.S. Lewis

The mustard seed is used as a measure of the amount of faith man needs to move mountains. Mustard seeds are small — about 1 to 2 millimetres — yet the bush can grow over 10 meters tall. In ancient times, a mustard seed was often used to represent the smallest particle imaginable. In today’s standard of measurement, it would be a quark.

However small, having even less than the size of the tiny mustard seed, is more powerful than we ever thought possible.

My Parents taught me to respect and honour figures of authority and my elders. Any of these appointed adults had the implicit right to discipline me if I was misbehaving. As kids, if we were caught getting up to mischief by another child’s parents, we’d get pulled by the ear and given a smack. This was when adults could be trusted to behave in the best interest of the community. But it managed to keep us kids honest and in line — most of the time.

The community collectively encouraged everyone to be good.

This healthy mutual respect helped shape my interpretation of a good leader. Someone whose actions make me want to follow them. Not only follow them but to honour them with the highest respect — equal to their station. You want to do good because they inspire you to be better. Most of all, we can learn from them. Having enough caring folk around me growing up, I was constantly nudged — or smacked — to try being better.

Great leaders tap into their mustard-seed-sized goodness.

The mustard seed is such a great example to use because of its size compared to our bodies as adults. Looking at that round little seed, you can imagine a segment — like the thin slice of a waning moon — being enough to do great things. That’s so small, anyone should be able to muster up such a measly amount of anything? The scene is so vividly possible. So reachable and doable. Yet.

It’s only when we try to tap into our mustard seed-sized faith, love — or simple goodness — that we realise just how hard that is.

The message is clear. We’re mostly bad. That’s the human condition.

We all have mountains we want to conquer or aspirations we would like to fulfil in our lives. We have hopes and ambitions, dreams of being something or somewhere better. Our lives are filled with interactions with each other. Each interaction is an opportunity to make a difference. There are people around you that need your love. You are a leader with a mustard sized piece of goodness lurking inside.

Every one of us can tap into that little seed, even for a sliver of a slice, and share some goodness and kindness.

Have an awesome weekend and please be generous! 😄

As always, thanks for reading 🙏

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