Put All Your Eggs In One Basket

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We’ve all got eggs! “Eggs in a basket” represent the sum total of our resources, energies and focus. We all have potential stored, ready and waiting to be unleashed. If you want your gifts, your talents and your calling to hatch I advise you to put all your eggs in one basket.

The wisdom of any financial advisor or stock investor is to diversify. The Bible teaches diversification of financial investments. “Give a portion to seven, and also to eight; for thou knowest not what evil shall be upon the earth” (Ecclesiastes 11:2). I recommend a reading and study of Ecclesiastes chapter 11 to any person seeking financial wisdom for investing. It is an investor’s guide to success.

Back to the eggs. Diversification may be great counsel for your finances, however it is deadly advice for your focus. When it concerns your spiritual resources, energies, and your focus you need all your eggs in one basket. You need to go all out with your vision. This is the time to pursue your passion and declare your freedom from frustration.

The power of vision mixed with passion must not be underestimated. What you focus on is where you’re headed. Have you ever been driving and found yourself looking over to the side of the road and the next thing you know you are coming close to the curb? Vision determines direction. Passion determines completion.

Successful people have a maximized major, a primary priority, a first-focus. Having many interests is great, but you can only have one identity. What you live as your priority will determine what you are known for in this life. Think about all the modern cultural personalities and why they are known. They are known for all the eggs they have in their one basket.

Bishop T.D. Jakes (preaching), Oprah Winfrey (daytime television), Colonel Sanders (fried chicken), Dave Thomas (hamburgers), Mary Kay (cosmetics), Donald Trump (real estate), Denzel Washington (acting), Michael Jordan (basketball), Bill Gates (personal computers), Sam Walton (retail sales), Derek Jeter (baseball), and Steve Jobs (technology) are all known for one thing. The eggs in their baskets have built corporate empires, created international brands and global philanthropic foundations. None of them diversified their passions. Their passions diversified their opportunities. Don’t miss that!

King David says, “One thing have I desired of the Lord and that will I seek after..” (Psalm 27:4). The Apostle Paul says, “This one thing I do..” (Philippians 3:13). Jesus said, “Seek ye first the kingdom of God..”(Matthew 6:33). They all gave their resources, energies and focus to the “one thing”. All your eggs in one basket seems to be the key to fulfillment in life and purpose.

Jesus put all his eggs into the basket of redemption. He didn’t have a back up plan. He didn’t have a degree to fall back on. He was Cross-focused. He had no greater call or mission than the salvation of souls. This is why we call it the “Passion of Christ”. He brought his all to every moment of his life and ministry.

Let others spend their time running from one short-term scheme to the next. Let others chase fleeting pursuits. You better stick with your passion. Your vision needs your passion. Your passion will get you to your purpose. So go get your basket! You’ve got some eggs that need to be replaced.

This message was originally spoken at the graduation ceremony of the 2011 Class of the E.W. Professional and Dental Training Center at the Chattanooga Choo-Choo Hotel.

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