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Tuesday, February 17, 2009

The Fern and the Bamboo.....

One day I decided to quit....
I quit my job, my relationship, my Spirituality. .
I wanted to quit my life.
I went to the woods to have
One last talk with God.

'God', I said.
'Can you give me one good reason not to quit?'

His answer surprised me...
'Look around', He said.
'Do you see the fern and the bamboo?'

'Yes', I replied.

'When I planted the fern and the bamboo seeds,
I took very good care ofthem. I gave them light.
I gave them water. The fern quickly grew from
the earth.
Its brilliant green covered the floor.
Nothing came from the bamboo seed.
But I did not quit on the bamboo.

In the second year the Fern grew more vibrant
and plentiful.

And again, Nothing came from the bamboo seed.
But I did not quit on the bamboo'.

He said. 'In the third year, there was still nothing
from the bamboo seed.
But I would not quit.

In the fourth year, again, there was nothing from
the bamboo seed.
But I would not quit.

He said. 'Then in the fifth year a tiny sprout
emerged from the earth.
Compared to the fern it was seemingly small
and insignificant.

But just 6 months later the bamboo rose to
over 100 feet tall.
It had Spent the five years growing roots.
Those roots made it strong and gave it what
it needed to survive.
I would not give any of my creations a
challenge it could not handle.'

He said to me. 'Did you know, my child, that
all this time you have been struggling, you
have actually been growing roots?
I would not quit on The bamboo.
I will never quit on you.
Don't compare yourself to others.'

He said. 'The bamboo had a different purpose
than the fern, yet, they both make the forest
beautiful.'

'Your time will come, ' God said to me.
' You will rise high!'

'How high should I rise?' I asked.

'How high will the bamboo rise?'
He asked in return.

'As high as it can?' I questioned.

'Yes.' He said,'Give me glory by rising as
high as you can.'

I left the forest and brought back
this story.
I hope these words can Help you see that
God will never give up on you........

Never regret a day in your life.
Good days give you Happiness.
Bad days give you Experiences.
Both are essential to life.
Keep going...
Happiness keeps you Sweet,
Trials keep you Strong,
Sorrows keep you Human,
Failures keep you Humble,
Success keeps You Glowing,
But Only God keeps You Going!

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