I’m honored to have Michael Q. Pink as a guest writer. I have been following Michael’s teachings, and used his resources for many years now. His insights around the principles for business and life found in the Bible are simply amazing. Michael is a best selling author, teacher and speaker, and has written over a dozen books including The Bible Incorporated, Selling Among Wolves, and the Rainforest Strategy, among others. Visit and bookmark Michael’s blog where you will find a plethora of resources to help you achieve your God given potential in your business and in your life. Here’s the link: www.michaelpink.com
Here’s Michael’s post, enjoy!
There’s a verse in the Bible that says, “Much food (increase) is in the fallow ground of the poor and for lack of justice, there is waste.” Proverbs 13:23
That is an incredibly good promise and it comes with instruction! You see, we all have fallow ground in our lives (untapped potential). That’s territory or potential that has laid dormant, unplanted and gotten hard and covered up with weeds. It might be your ability to write or create or build. It might be that business idea God gave you years ago, or that book idea that’s been rattling around in your head for years.
The problem often is, that we talk about those ideas, those gifts and talents, but all too often we let them lay fallow (undeveloped, underutilized) and we wonder why finances are tight! But you can do something about that. You can start working your field now. Expose the roots of neglect and lesser activities (weeds) to the sun. Prepare the soil to receive the seed of a great idea wrapped in effort. Sharpen your skills. Hone your abilities. Update your knowledge.
You can become an expert in any field compared to almost anyone if you will read a few books a year on the subject. You want to prepare your field to begin producing a harvest? Assess your field. Inform yourself. Locate resources that can help you. Then, begin to work at it.
But perhaps you say, you have no fields laying fallow. You have nothing in your life that can produce abundance. You have left no stone unturned. I say to you… Let God be true and every man a liar (Romans 3:4) The Scripture says there is MUCH FOOD in the fallow ground of the poor. It’s there. You just don’t see it. Or more likely, you see it all the time, but don’t believe it. Others have told you, ”It’s a bad idea, don’t quit your day job.” Maybe you don’t see or believe the potential. Maybe you’re afraid.
It’s time to look at that ground, that ability, that book idea, that business idea and start to prepare it for planting. If it has lain fallow all these years, you can’t just throw seed on it and expect a good harvest. The weeds and stones will choke it out. But you can start working on it, preparing for it, studying on it, testing it, refining it, honing it. If it’s a book, you can write the first chapter, or maybe just the table of contents. If it’s a business idea, you can write the business plan to give you clarity.
As you begin to prepare the field to plant your seed, the idea will rise up big in you and get clearer. Faith will arise. Confidence will grow and before you know it, you will be working that fallow ground and experiencing your first harvest. There is much more to say on this so please visit my blog (http://www.michaelpink.com/two-hindrances-success/) where I discuss two great hindrances that may hinder most people from ever getting started.
“BREATHE expectantly, LIVE confidently and MOVE Boldly”
“Scripture taken from the New King James Version®. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc. Used by permission. All rights reserved.”