Sow for yourselves righteousness; reap steadfast love; break up your fallow ground, for it is the time to seek the Lord, that he may come and rain righteousness upon you
Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise, making the best use of the time, because the days are evil. Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is
The soul of the sluggard craves and gets nothing, while the soul of the diligent is richly supplied
“The habit of always putting off an experience until you can afford it, or until the time is right, or until you know how to do it is one of the greatest burglars of joy. Be deliberate, but once you’ve made up your mind–jump in.”
“You cannot escape the responsibility of tomorrow by evading it today.”
“Nothing is so fatiguing as the eternal hanging on of an uncompleted task.”
Daily Storytelling Time
Diagnosed with Cancer
Before Anthony Burgess become a famous author in 40s, he was diagnosed with a brain tumor and informed by the doctors that he had only one year to live. At the time Burgess was broke and thought that he had nothing to leave behind for this wife, Lynne.
Burgess always knew that he had a talent for writing. He thought it would be a good idea to publish a novel so as to leave royalties behind for Lynne. One year should be enough, he thought. So he put a piece of paper into a typewriter and began writing. Of course he knew that his novel was very likely to be rejected by the publishers but at the time he couldn’t think of anything else to do.
“It was January of 1960,” he said, “and according to the prognosis, I had a winter and spring and summer to live through, and would die with the fall of the leaf.”
Burgess was focused and wrote energetically from early in the morning until late night. Before the year was through, he finished five and a half novels.
Contrary to the doctors’ predictions, his cancer went into remission and when that year was over Burgess did not die. The tumor disappeared altogether. This is how Burgess, who is best known for A Clock-work Orange, begun his long and successful career as a novelist. Over the years that followed, he wrote more than 70 novels. Without the death sentence from his disease, he may not have started writing, at all.
Like Anthony Burgess, many of us hide an extraordinary talent but most of the time we never start working on it. What would you do if you, like Burgess, had just a year to live? Would you live differently? Would you try to discover your full potential before it would be too late?