Liebig’s Law of the Minimum

Over the course of time evaluation is necessary, although not always pleasant, always beneficial.  Honest evaluation, the process of taking off the gloves and pounding loose the frayed edged and getting to the core.  As the raw core is exposed one discovers true strengths and weaknesses.  The strengths are then praised and refined while the weaknesses are treated, rebuilt, or eliminated.  It is when we address the weak, without reservation, we move forward in long-term strength and growth.

Liebig’s Law of the Minimum states, “Growth is controlled not by the total amount of resources available but by the scarcest resource (Limiting Factor)”.  It is our weaknesses (limiting factors), which determine the true yield potential.  The limiting factors, even when not considered a weakness, must be addressed.  In an organization there’s vision, value, staffing, infrastructure or forethought, in the personal dimension skills, education, resources, and most likely character all can be considered.  However, by confronting the limiting factors we prepare for the overwhelming blessing God has for us on the horizon for from the Refiner’s fire comes what He desires.

The question then becomes, when was the last time you opened up yourself for God to address the limiting factors in your life and what did you do about it?

I have come to realize the PhD process was one large refining process to bring out the imperfections of my character.  It is now time to address the limiting factors for when the next blessing comes God can be honored in my marriage, family, and life.  It is never easy to see your character flaws in the mirror but thankfully His yoke is easy and his burden is light.

  1. #1 by Scott Cooper on August 30, 2011 - 9:26 AM

    This is so good and will stick with me for some time. You are too smart for me anymore

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