What kind of soil are you?
You may be thinking, what kind of question is that?
Well, let me give you a little backstory, and then I’ll ask the question again.
A few days ago my wife Lois and I were sitting on our patio, while our yellow lab roamed the backyard cataloging all the fascinating smells. My mind was roaming as well, when a thought struck me. I announced, “You know, teaching people how to have a more successful financial life is a lot like the parable of the sower and the seeds in the Bible.”
Lois gave me the same look you are right now, so let me explain. Here are the words of Jesus in Matthew chapter 13.
“A farmer went out to sow his seed. As he was scattering the seed, some fell along the path, and the birds came and ate it up. Some fell on rocky places, where it did not have much soil. It sprang up quickly, because the soil was shallow. But when the sun came up, the plants were scorched, and they withered because they had no root. Other seed fell among thorns, which grew up and choked the plants. Still other seed fell on good soil, where it produced a crop—a hundred, sixty or thirty times what was sown.”
Jesus’ disciples were giving him the same look you and Lois gave me, so he explained what the parable meant.
“When anyone hears the message about the kingdom and does not understand it, the evil one comes and snatches away what was sown in their heart. This is the seed sown along the path. The seed falling on rocky ground refers to someone who hears the word and at once receives it with joy. But since they have no root, they last only a short time. When trouble or persecution comes because of the word, they quickly fall away. The seed falling among the thorns refers to someone who hears the word, but the worries of this life and the deceitfulness of wealth choke the word, making it unfruitful. But the seed falling on good soil refers to someone who hears the word and understands it. This is the one who produces a crop, yielding a hundred, sixty or thirty times what was sown.”
I’m sure you’re seeing the parallel.
When anyone hears the message about the correct way to focus their finances, to build the future they dream of, but the Coalition of Four (Advertisers, Media, Merchants, and Banks) come along and trick them back into old, destructive money patterns that benefit the Coalition at the expense of the person’s dreams, this is the seed sown along the path.
The seed falling on rocky ground refers to someone who hears sound financial principals, like the SMART Wealth System, and they receive it with joy! But since they have no root (commitment), they last only a short time. When trouble or temptation to spend comes, they quickly fall away.
The seed falling among the thorns refers to someone who hears the SMART Wealth System, but the worries of this life and the deceitfulness of “faster” (higher-risk) wealth building strategies choke the SMART Wealth message, making it unfruitful.
But the seed falling on good soil refers to someone who hears the low-risk, guaranteed wealth building strategies in the SMART Wealth System, understands them, and commits to following them. This is the one who produces a crop yielding a lot more than what was sown.
So I ask again…
What kind of soil are you?