Hello, and welcome to The Overflow Podcast. My name is Craig Booker. The title of this episode is You In Ten. A lot of the material for this week’s episode was inspired by Pastor Craig Groeshel’s book The Power to Change Mastering the Habits That Matter Most.
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In this episode, we’re going to be talking about You Reap More Than You Sow. So last week we talked about you reap what you sow this is kind of taking that one step further in last week’s episode we were talking about habits and sewing the right habits to receive the results that we’re wanting to see in our lives and so in this section of the book Craig Groeschel is kind of continuing that discussion of you reap what you sow by visiting this concept of you reap more than you sow for individuals that are familiar with maybe farming or agriculture are probably going to have a leg up or an advantage here and understand ending these Concepts Jesus used this metaphor of sowing seeds because that was something very familiar to the people in that time for our time this is a little bit more challenging because a lot of people are are not familiar with those terms a quote here it says from Craig Groeschel it says you don’t just reap what you sow you reap more than you sow if you put a kernel of wheat in the ground it will produce a stock with three heads of wheat a head can contain 15 to 35 kernels so this is reinforcing this idea that you reap more than you so Craig Groeschel says this is true in agriculture and it’s also true in life so it brings up the question why do you read more than you sow the first one is the cumulative effect and the cumulative fact is the powerful outcome produced by an action that happens even if it’s small over and over across a long period of time so he gives this example in this section of what he calls the Magic Penny he’s presenting this kind of this a little bit of a maybe a riddle it’s like if I said I would give you this magic penny that doubles every day for a month so on the first day it’s one penny the second day it’s to the third day it’s four and so on or I could say I would just give you five million dollars like which one would you choose at the end of the 36 days that Penny would be worth 5,368,709 unless it’s a 31 day month then double the extra day and it would be worth 10 million 737 418. you know if you’re familiar with these type of questions sometimes they kind of seem they kind of seem like trick questions and they kind of are so most people would choose the five million dollars right because you would never think that this magic penny that doubles every day would amass to that much money says you’d be a fool to take the five million dollars but so often we settle because we discount the cumulative fact like this is talking about in our lives we settle because we discount the cumulative fact the powerful impact of something happening over and over for a long period of time all right so that’s the first one the cumulative effect and then he talks about The Compound Effect this is typically called compounding interest it’s used in reference to finances this is the interest you get on the interests grasping the significance of this these principles will change your life in fact they have already shaped your life and it says who you are today is because of the cumulative and compound effects in his special message at the beginning of Darren Hardy’s book The Compound Effect Anthony Robbins writes decisions shape your destiny little everyday decisions will either take you to the life you desire or to Disaster by default this he’s referencing this book uh by Darren Hardy called The Compound Effect it’s a it’s an interesting read if you’re a person that likes to read or listen to audiobooks but it talks about the power of compounding interest. All right. So in the book, Craig Groeschel breaks down these different areas of life. And he starts out he’s trying to apply these concepts to different parts of life. And he starts out with financial uh and uh he goes more into detail in this, but I was trying to pick out the high points from it. It says if you want to win financially, start now and consistently do the small right thing he also talks about physical right, and so the quote says, “If you eat just 100 more calories than you burn every day, you will gain 10 pounds in a year. A quote from James Clear. James Clear writes, “Time magnifies the margin between success and failure it will multiply whatever you feed it good habits make time your ally, bad habits make time your enemy.” Another quote from Craig Groeschel, he says, “A small difference each day adds up and multiplies over time.” So he’s further, you know, emphasizing these concepts that we’ve just covered and really just highlighting the importance of the small things we do every day. It goes into the next section of spiritual.
It says you read about a spiritual hero like Billy Graham, or maybe you’ve met someone that you know that’s in your life and they’re really close to God and they have a powerful impact on people for him. And this is going to cause a lot of people to want to be or to want to have what they have you desire to be like this person there’s a reason those people are tight with God and have become a spiritual Force they consistently do spiritual disciplines that connect them to God so you know these individuals are you know spending time in the word they’re they’re spending time praying and seeking God and they’re doing this consistently just like the habits we’ve talked about and this is showing the results of those disciplines all right so we also have a section that he titled the small stuff and you know I don’t know how internationally well known this book was that he talks about but in the U.S I don’t know how long ago it was but there’s this book that was titled don’t sweat the small stuff and so you know kind of the consensus of it was that you realize that it’s all small stuff you know he says when it’s about when that’s about worry that’s fine but when it comes to our habits there’s no such thing as small stuff because of the cumulative effect and the compounding interest there there’s some examples here saving two dollars a day and putting it in a retirement count is not small stuff eating an extra 100 calorie bag is not small stuff deciding to skip working out today is not small stuff telling your spouse I love you again is not small stuff having one more drink is not small stuff writing an encouraging letter to your child is not small stuff taking a couple of minutes to pray before you start your day is not small stuff so these are just all these examples of little things that we might do that over time if we do them consistently have a huge impact and another quote it says what you do every day is turning you into the person you will become and leading you into the life you will live what you do occasionally does not make a difference what you do consistently makes all the difference so hopefully you can see cracker cells really kind of diving deeper into this idea of you reap more than you sow showing us how the Small Things Are small habits that we do each day or each week have a substantial impact on where our lives go uh he provides an exercise for this section and we’ll go through it at a high level and then as always I encourage you if you have time this week coming up to go through this on your own so it says give some examples from your own life of when you have seen the effect of cumulative and compound choices at work either positive or negative so he outlines different you know parts of your life like Financial physical spiritual as part of the exercise so just trying to write down some examples and recall examples that you’ve seen personally and then there’s some other questions so it says what was the smallest decision you’ve ever made that had the greatest impact on your life
uh then he goes into what was the greatest small stuff act that impacted your life, such as a word of encouragement, an act of kindness, or a simple gift, and then we have a last one that was what was the last small stuff Act of your own that impacted someone else so this is our exercise and then we have a principle for this section uh of course as you read more than you sow a small change can change everything uh passage of scripture Matthew 25 29 of the New Living Translation says to those who use well what they are given even more will be given and they will have an abundance.
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