Focus on Roots not the Fruits

I was talking with the CEO of a company recently about success.  We discussed the importance of living a life of integrity by winning in private (personal) life as well as public (professional) life. We both expressed the desire to leave a lasting legacy in our family and in work.  The question then turned to “How?” How do we accomplish this?  I recognized that in my own life, I can see success of one person and try to imitate what they are doing.  That is like seeing fruit on a tree and attempting to attach it to my own tree.  It may look fruitful for a short while, but eventually it dies.  Success, growth and fruitfulness does not just happen.  You cannot simply cut and paste.  This brings us to an underlying principle of how to be successful or fruitful in our lives:

Focus on the ROOTS, not the FRUITS.

Think about marriage.  You can’t have a good marriage without practicing simple basic habits: carving out uninterrupted time to be together, listening, loving unconditionally and unselfishly, leading in love, working toward intimacy, etc.  Creating the marriage we desire, and the marriage our spouse desires does not happen overnight.  It takes time focusing on “root” activities.  Then, in time, you enjoy the fruit of your hard work.

The same is true in business or ministry.  You don’t build a successful business or ministry overnight.  You must focus on the roots: developing healthy relationships with clients and partners, listening, taking time alone to reflect on your vision, direction and strategic plan, disciplined execution, determination and perseverance, etc.  Then in time, you enjoy the success of your labor. You must be clear on a few basics and stick to them.

Reflect on what the Bible says about roots and fruits:  Luke 6:43-45; Galatians 5:16-26; John 15:1-11; Psalm 1.

What fruits do you wish to see in your life?   In your marriage?  In your business? 

What are the roots you need to focus on today?

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About Steve Morgan

I work in Global Leadership Development with Cru with my wife, Terry. We have been married 30 years and have 4 grown children. We have a Masters in Global Leadership together through Azusa Pacific University. I generally write about 5 “L’s: Living Well, Loving Deeply, Learning Continuously, Leading Courageously and Leaving a Legacy. I occasionally write about Laughing Loudly. Subscribe on the right side to receive an email whenever there is a new post. I invite you to leave your comments so we can dialogue on the various topics and learn from each other. If you are new to the site, you might start with looking at some of the top posts or doing a search on the right side bar for one of the 5 “L’s” that interest you. Or you can view the blog archives for topics. Photo Credit:
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