Saturday, December 13, 2008

Planting the first tree

About a week ago, I signed up with Thomas Nelson to get free books to review on my blog site. (Check it out--it's a neat way to see new products!)

Within days, they sent my first choice. No, I'm not ready to review it yet--I don't read that fast--but a statement in the opening chapter of Think and Make it Happen by Dr. Augustus Cury hit me.

He said there are two ways to keep warm in life--build a fire with dry wood or plant seeds that will provide wood for a lifetime. He asks which do we prefer. Of course, every reader is going to have their own take on this.

As always, I thought how this statement relates to my plans as a writer. Am I building a quick fire and writing a book just to write a book or am I planting a forest--writing a book that will make a difference for more readers than just me?

I'm hoping to plant seeds. How about you?


Angie Ledbetter said...

Best of both worlds? Make a warm cozy fire to enjoy now, and also planting seeds for the future?

Sassy Granny ... said...

I'm with you ... a bit of seed planting now for a harvest another time. It's sort of like delayed gratification, the sort of which yields tremendous blessings down the road.

Also ... I've passed along a special award to you. Come on by to see your name in lights and pick up your trophy!


Yolanda said...

Amen, plant seeds.

Love to you and a Very Merry Christmas!

giddymomof6 said...

Wow! What a great post! And this is exactly what i'm hoping to do for my teens that read my "clean light" romances. The chance to see and live life without all that the media says it should be... I hope my seeds will grow and warm the hearts everywhere!

Jessica said...

So, for the word counter, just click on the one on mine. It'll take you to where you can copy the code. Then you go to customize, add a gadget, paste the code, and voila. But I haven't figured out how to update the count on my blog so I always repeat the process.
Let me know if you need better directions. :-)

Melissa Marsh said...

I'm hoping to plant seeds, too, and am looking forward to seeing what they grow!

elaine @ peace for the journey said...

Awesome quote; thought provoking. My impatience lends to the quick fire. But my perfection is learning the preference of slow growth. In the end, that's the lasting I'm after.

Happy Sabbath~elaine

AnooCre8ion said...

I've signed up with Thomas Nelson as well to do some book reviews, an awesome opportunity. I did a few weeks ago and they sent my first book "Billy" on the life of Billy Graham. Haven't had chance yet in the midst of internet and computer problems to write my review but the book was a very good read.

Don't forget to send me an email at to receive your prize for the Christmas giveaway.


Renee Collins said...

A great analogy. I think I am sometimes so eager to get that fire going that I would choose the dry wood. But, really, we can't ignore the importance of planting those seeds.