Unleash the Seed of Greatness in You

One of the greatest frustrations in life is to see potential die. Many people with great potential never realize what they have because they do not understand the seed of greatness that lies within them.

Great tragedy happens when a tree dies in a seed. Remember, in every seed there is a tree, in every tree there is a forest. In every baby boy there’s a man, in every little girl there’s a woman, in every nation a generation.

I remember a discovery I will never forget when I visited Korea a few years ago. In the midst of so many beautiful places, I was so blessed that our team went to a restaurant where I learned a lot. While most of my friends were eating, my eyes were glued to a beautiful, smooth, and perfectly-made green-colored toothpick. Yes, a toothpick—a toothpick with history!

A Korean friend who was with us at that time was so puzzled at why my attention was glued to a simple Korean toothpick. What he did not realize was I was so interested to know about its history. Being a pilgrim myself and not just a tourist, I love to learn a lot of things from places I visited, be it in a restaurant, public transportation, museums, or people, I really love to observe and learn. So I asked my Korean friend to give me information about the said toothpick. He stopped eating for a while and patiently told me its history.

A long time ago, Korea used sharp toothpicks made of wood. One day, there was an unemployed, disappointed man who entered a restaurant to observe what the people were doing after they eat. He found out that majority of the customers use toothpicks after their meal and leave them on their plates. He also discovered that waiters would normally gather all the leftover food from the plates without even sorting out the used toothpicks. At the end of the day, someone will pick up all the leftover food with the sharp toothpicks on it and feed it to the animals.

He was shocked to discover that many animals that were given those leftover food died due to the toothpicks puncturing their sensitive organs, like the heart. When this unemployed man learned this painful discovery, he went home and thought of things he can do about the situation.

Considering that the wooden toothpick can cause death to animals, he decided to make something safe. He decided to make a soluble toothpick—made from sweet potatoes! Yes, we call it kamote. When asked the reason behind his simple invention, the man simply said, “Because I love my country.”

This ordinary, frustrated, unemployed individual was discovered by the government of South Korea. He was requested to produce billions upon billions of soluble toothpicks to be used in different establishments. Today, that person, who used to be jobless, is now a rich man!

Think about this: everything in life is created with potential, just as a seed has a potential to become a forest. We are responsible for that seed of greatness stored within each of us. That man who created a soluble toothpick watered the seed of greatness within him and refused to be contented on his last accomplishment. His life could have been worse if he decided not to use his God-given talents and remain unemployed and sit in self pity.

You may be unemployed, full of disappointments, frustrations, unhappy at work, or maybe you may have come into this world as a result of a painful past. Your mother may have hated you because you reminded her of the man she hated. But because of the mere fact that you were born, God has a purpose for your life and placed a seed of potential for you to unleash.

You cannot change the past that you have been terminated. You cannot change the past that caused your disappointments, heartaches, and frustrations. Like that toothpick manufacturer, you can do something about your future. What is in front of you is far more important that what is behind you. Where you are going is far more important than where you have been. Stop looking back. Cultivate the seed of greatness God has placed within you. Maybe you thought that your dreams have died, but remember, God can resurrect your dead dreams! God has not given up on you. You have something to offer that nobody else has. There is a great wealth of potential in you! Remember, you are more that what you have done.

Ephesians 3:20 says, “Now unto him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us.”

Unleash that seed of greatness God planted within you, and you will discover that you will be able to do something great that you have never dreamed of!  He who begun a good work in you will be faithful to complete it.

Next week, discover how to unleash the highest potential of your life for His glory!


Avelynn Regalado-Garcia is currently the Executive Vice President of Unleash International Corporation, a high-tech, high-touch, high-impact training company whose main mission is to unleash the highest potential in people towards success, happiness, and significance. For more than 20 years now, she passionately conducts seminars and workshops in top local and multinational companies, schools, organizations  in the country and abroad.


  • bel delos santos dioquino

    thank you inspirational story..

  • thank you this speaks right through me this indeed has inspired me as i ask the Lord to speak to me he directed me to read this inspiring story thank u 700 club asia

  • dhagz

    Wow!I’m encouraged and blessed. It’s good to know that God has a BIG purpose for my life.:). Yahoo!..:)

  • arnel

    i was so inpired even moved to tears while reading this story..God id great..

    • To God be all the glory! Thanks arnel for reading this inspiring article , indeed God is all we need for the success in life and His grace is always sufficient for us. May the unfailing love of the Lord be upon you God Bless you!

  • scent of lavander

    “…. everything in life is created with potential” – very true indeed! This article is a very timely remember for me. Thank you very much po. God bless you!

  • hazel hernandez

    such an inspiring story and a motivation for me as a reader.thank you.God bless

  • serafin

    still unemployed but I know GOD has a purpose in me just like in your featured story.. Thank You for posting it, it encourages people like me.. truly to GOD be the GLORY

    • serafin, as Ephesians 3:20 says: “Now all glory to God, who is able, through his mighty power at work within us, to accomplish infinitely more than we might ask or think.” So, expect great and mighty things from God – the best things of your life is yet to come! God bless you!

  • Lileth Reyes

    This article reminds us that whenever we give up, God never give up on us. The only person that will limit us to reach our greatness is ourselves. Thank you Lord that you have given us so many potentials yet to be unleashed!
    We have so much more to give. Look around for your “toothpick”. God bless you.

  • Albert Salipot

    This article is an eye opener and very inspirational. The part that says “God can resurrect your dead dreams” captured my attention and blessed me. God bless you more for having a gifted hands. 🙂

    • Hi Albert, thank you for your comment and your time reading the article. Truly God can do anything, if we allow Him He will do things more than we can imagine. God Bless you more!

  • thess

    a very inspiring story which realize me that never stop dreaming.God is watching us how we are pursuing our dreams.i know the best is not yet to come…thanks cbn .asia

    • Hi Thess, Thank you for your comment! Like what His Promise says in Jeremiah 29:11. Just allow God to be the driver of your life, your dreams and you will never get disappointed. God Bless you!

  • lynn s. Cruz

    I am not happy with my work because of the insecurity of my officemate. She’s too bossy and she thinks she’s better than memorandum of company. In fact, she’s very denial. I’m so depressed about it so when I read that article, I’m related to that article. Super big thank you for the inspiring article. I hope it works and I never surrender my conscience. Please forgive her from their sins, so that I have to recover from negative thoughts about me.

  • hanah

    Somebody talked the same theme during our flag ceremony and I just din’t know if Ms. Avelyn Regalado-Garcia is connected with Mr. William Bantique of Business People Inc…the message was really uplifting and encouraging…thanks for sharing..

  • Derek Lorenzana

    Indeed a highly motivational story. Me, too, feels disappointed and frustrated about being unemployed for about 3 months here in dubai. No available visa going back to saudi and a couple of interviews here but still yo no avail. But still im not giving up because of my STRONG FAITH and TRUST in the LORD… He has planted a unique seed in me that sooner or later it will grow. To GOD be the glory…

  • It’s very inspiring. Thank you so much, I was really attracted with green colors, and it was the one which made me read the story and it really gave me hope. God bless you!

  • Very inspiring story!
    “What is in front of you is far more important that what is behind you. Where you are going is far more important than where you have been” – such powerful words. I tend to keep looking back sometimes on the what-could-have-beens and fail to realize that what lies ahead is far more important. I can’t change the past, if i keep dwelling on it, it will take a toll on the present. Now, i strive to focus on the future and to unleash that seed of potential God has placed within me. Although there are times when I struggle with life and circumstances discourage me, but I know that God has placed a seed of potential within me and just waiting for me to unleash it 🙂 I pray that He would lead me to where He wants me to be. To God be the glory!

  • Wonderful!

  • Jennifer Ching

    Maybe you thought that your dreams have died, but remember, God can resurrect your dead dreams! – Thank you for an inspiring message. Everything is beautiful in His time.

  • Miss Felichi

    Avelyn, I remember this story was shared at the seminar. But as I read it , I am once again inspired by the miracle of restoration. Thanking God for your perseverance and positive influence. God bless you more!

  • Glenda Bascara

    A truly inspirng story, everyone of us experiences ups and downs in life, but if you will look at the brighter side, moving up forward, then you!’re unleashing the seed of greatness in you and that’s what God wants you to do. To God Be The Glory.

  • thanks for posting. This is very timely for me =)

  • Sharon

    Just watched Avelyn Garcia with son Joseph on Aksyon TV. Very inspiring! My son also has autism and we also need to put him in a mainstreaming school. May we know where Joseph studied elementary?

  • Rose Ann

    So inspiring…

  • Pst Evans Kochoo

    Its a life changing message, transformational topic, i loved it

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