In the Gospel account this week we hear the parable of the Mustard Seed. In this story I can picture Jesus reaching down to pick up the tiny seed to bring His story to life and make it memorable for the people who were listening – surely He was simply doing what any great teacher would do to hold His audience and help them remember the moral of the story in a creative way.
What stands out to me is a really simple lesson about having trust, faith and belief in the power of potential. Jesus said that the mustard seed would grow into a great and strong tree and we are asked to spot this potential in those around us.
We are asked to help people to grow and flourish in their gifts, talents and faith. As teachers and educators we have the opportunity to build people up and help “find their greatness”.
As usual we are caught up in the euphoria of an England win at the World Cup. This is only the third time for the team to win the first match in history. This in turn leads us to jumping around in our sitting rooms and shouting at the TV! I listened earlier today on the radio to proud teachers speaking about the boys they had taught and what they’d given back as the “superstars” to the schools that they belonged to.
I really loved the Nike clip from the London 2012 Olympics challenging us to overcome our prejudices and see greatness as something all of us can achieve.
In the simplest way I believe that God makes us all great – the journey in life is discovering the depths of these gifts and talents and how we can use them in some way.
A few reflections for the week ahead;
- How do we build people up to reach their potential rather thank knocking them down?
- What can we do to inspire, support and nourish people to find their greatness?
- How can we plant the seed of faith in our lives, and in those we meet, to allow it to grow into something great?
There is a great joy in spotting potential and seeing it flourish… so let us all this week rejoice in planting the seed and having faith in God’s plan for us to fulfil all we have been given. We too can build people up to doing great things and making a real difference to the world we live in, this in itself gives great fulfilment. Enjoy the journey!