I read a story of an observation by a gentleman that got him asking a question and I thought to ask the same of you today.  Are you potted or planted? The story is simple but profound so I thought to share it with you.

A young man took over his father’s non profit organisation reluctantly only to feel like he was not good enough to fill his father’s shoes because the father was deemed a great leader and extremely good at what he did. Due to this feeling of inadequacy the gentleman continually thought about quitting.


One afternoon, he took a walk in a garden, where he saw a mix of exotic plants and many of them were in pots everywhere. When he spotted the gardener, he asked him, “Why do you have all these potted plants?”

“These are the plants that we sell,” responded the gardener. “Can you guess how old these are?”

He looked at the potted plants and took a guess. “I don’t know. A couple of months old?” “No,” the gardener responded. “They are anywhere from three to five years old.”

The gardener then pointed to several large trees in the garden, laden with fruit. “How old do you think these are?” “Ten years?” The man guessed.

“They’re the same age, which is, three to five years. The difference between them is that those are potted,” he said pointing to the smaller plants, “and these are planted,” he said, pointing to the large healthy one.

The gentleman who wanted to quit then heard God ask, “Are you potted or planted?”


To be fruitful, you must be planted and not potted. The word of God in Jeremiah says:

“They will be like a tree planted by the water that sends out its roots by the stream. It does not fear when heat comes and its leaves are always green. It has no worries in a year of drought and never fails to bear fruit.” Jeremiah 17:8 (I personally love the message version. Read here)

As long as you are potted, you cannot bear fruit but if planted, you will grow large and bear fruit! Even in a year of drought a planted tree can still bear fruit.

Make a decision to stay planted and you will  bear fruit. Fruit that will remain and be a blessing to many generations.


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