God's Kingdom is like a pine nut that a farmer plants. It is quite small as seeds go, but in the course of years it grows into a huge pine tree, and eagles build nests in it. (Matthew 13:31-32, Eugene Peterson, The Message)
The 2006 movie, Glory Road, chronicles the life of Don Haskins who coached the 1966 Texas Western basketball team to the NCAA finals against Kentucky. Haskins broke the mold by recruiting African American players. Five of his starting players were African American. Until Haskin took his team to the finals, it was unheard of for college to recruit African American players.
After 1966, teams begin recruiting African American players and Haskins went on to be one of the NCAA's winningest coaches. Even though many prestigious colleges tried to lure him away from Texas Western (later called the University of Texas, El Paso), he chose to stay in El Paso. Don Haskins wasn't interested in promoting himself or being a hero. He just wanted to build the best basketball program where he was. He did it my recruiting and starting the best basketball players in the nation.
John Maxwell in his, The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership, says that leaders are created by other leaders. In the process of writing his book he decided to conduct an informal poll in order to discover what prompted men and women to become leaders in the companies, non-profit organizations, and churches. The results were interesting:
How they became Leaders
Natural Gifting 10 Percent
Result of a Crisis 5 Percent
Influence of Another Leader 85 Percent
John Maxwell is saying that leaders are created with the seeds planted by other leaders. Don Haskins changed NCAA basketball in the sixties by planting a seeds, seeds of equality and justice. Jesus reminds us that Kingdom work is about planting seeds. Great leaders and teams are created when leaders plant seeds.
Our churches and our country will certainly stumble if our current elders and leaders do not plant seeds of maturity and leadership. As Richard Rohr says in his book, Falling Upward,
Without elders (leaders), much of our history has been formed by juniors reacting, overreacting, and protecting their own temporary privilege, with no deep-time vision like the Iroquois Nation, which considered, "What would be good for the next seven generations?" (Falling Upward, p. 32)
Spiritually, emotionally mature people plant seeds that make it possible for the next generation to live well. What kind of seeds are you planting? Think about it.