Words are Seeds


Photo: Tania K Ahlfledt “These are the boys I choose to grow.”

A week ago I was impacted by a piece by my fellow blogger and friend Theunis Pienaar.

It was simply entitled: Words are Seeds.

I determined to repost it to many of my Facebook friends.

With the result that it travelled my world.

I choose now to share it with you…

“seeds fall in the ground.





more than when they were first planted

words fall in the soul.





more than when they were first spoken.

i knew this.

then we had supper.

the south african couple was upset.

they had said goodbye to their son.

it was time.

he is twenty-five.

he studied geology.

a bachelors degree.

then an honors.

then a masters.

highly educated he is.

now he is in australia.

to be a labourer.

on a farm.

as supper was served this couple spoke of their disappointment that their son had left the country.

they spoke of how much they will miss him & how sad it is that he chose to go and make a life on another continent far-far away.

then conversation started.

they slate government.

the country.

the majority of its people.

they spoke of how bad it is.

how hopeless.

they spoke of how deteriorated & run-down it is.

we’re having supper at a family home.

in an up-market neighborhood.

there are seven dishes on the table.

fish as well as meat.

and desert.

two kinds.

it is a feast.

earlier we’d sat on the veranda.


no one attacked us.

no one robbed us.

but it is bad.


these are the words their son heard every day for the past 18 years.

the seeds sown in his soul.

today the fruit of the seed is ripe.

he will not come back.

not for more than a few weeks’ holiday.

a few years apart.

i am reminded.

seeds fall in the ground.

they germinate.


become something more.

and if it is true in the negative, then it must also be true in the positive.

i love you.

you are amazing.



i am proud of you.

you are so talented.



how astounding.

you are more than anyone could ever imagine.

my zuko planted these seeds in me.

alongside wonderful friends.

my first boss.

my hebrew lecturer.

my history professor.

my children.

and i hope to be planting these seeds in them.

my son.

and daughters.

you are beautiful.

you are smart.


great with people.

and i hope they will fall in their soul.





more than it was when it was first spoken.

perhaps if we are aware that words are seeds, we will be more careful with what we sow.

you are free.

you are amazing.

you are beautiful.





for what we say, will become.

as will what is said to us.” Theunis Pienaar

Know this.

Words form a part of your creativity as a human being.

For as you speak, so you create.

You have the power to create anger, shame, disappointment and internal tragedy.

You have the power to create hope, trust, encouragement and an internal freedom.

You create a form of life.

You create a form of death.

You do this all with the creativity of your tongue

So, who worded good seeds in you?

Who spoke life?

Think of how good that felt and what those words did for you.

Know this too, that nothing is uttered without effect.

Choose to go out there today and be your creative best – with your tongue.

Choose words of life.

Speak them over your children, your fellow staff members, your husband, your wife, your parents, your friends,

Speak them over and over again.

Start today.

This is me, Tania Ahlfeldt and I am warmed, inspired and motivated by the words of truth that spill from Theunis’s sevencitys blog.

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3 thoughts on “Words are Seeds

  1. How true and how profound! We were made in God’s image and as He created the world with His words, so we too create as we speak. There is a proverb of Solomon that states that we will eat the fruit of our lips. May the fruit be sweet and pleasant. May we understand and appreciate our power to create with our words.

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