A typical paragraph ripped from a science textbook:
Before they can grow into new plants, seeds need to leave the seed pod. If all the seeds a plant produced landed just underneath the parent plant, they would be too crowded, and the established large plant might not leave them enough light or water for them all to develop properly. When you plant seeds too thickly in a pot, you can see that they grow tall and leggy, and each plant is weak and spindly. The various methods of seed dispersal are designed to ensure that as many seeds as possible have a good chance of growing up to produce seeds of their own.
In church, we often mention about the concept of being fruitful. However, we regularly fail to acknowledge the other side of the coin – seed dispersal. Both are required to see healthy growth. Fruitfulness without seed dispersion would lead to overcrowding and weak looking seedlings. This is an important concept to grasp especially when discipleship and leadership successions are taking place.
Far too often, I see leadership suppression occurring. Young budding leaders who are suppressed by the presence of an older and more experienced leader above him, unable to leave him either due to lack of trust or basic insecurities.
It is already a given that the young leader is not as capable as the older and more experience leader and there are things he can learn. Yet the argument I’m trying to make here is not about the areas of growth as much as it is about the room for growth. Sometimes, senior leaders need to understand that although they can give their disciples some room for growth, they are in fact the ones taking up the biggest rooms in the house.
Let go, to see growth.