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 of them. I gave them light. I gave them water. The fern quickly grew from the earth. Its brilliant green covered the floor. Yet 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.
“In year three there was still nothing from the bamboo seed. But I would not quit. The same in year four.
“Then in the fifth year, a tiny sprout emerged from the earth. Compared to the fern, it was seemingly small and insignificant.
But just six 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.
“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, realizing that God will never give up on me. And He will never give up on you.
The MEGA Coach
“I can turn failure into success, disappointment into increased understanding and loss into gain.”
In Emerson’s essay “Compensation,” for everything you lose, you gain something. For every loss there is a gain, so let go of the loss and accept the gain. Every situation is designed for your greatest growth. The universe is designed for your good and for your highest learning and success.
The trick is to be open and observe – to discover the hidden benefit or opportunity disguised as loss. You can turn loss into gain, frustration into fascination and fear into power!
“I will restore to you the years which the swarming locust has eaten.”
The years the locust has eaten symbolize those periods in life that seem empty of good or filled with trouble. Just as vines that are pruned bear better and fuller fruits, so all periods of hardship, problems and challenges through which we pass can be regarded as times of pruning. Release all anxiety or condemnation of yourself or others about your past or situation.
God can give such an abundant outpouring of good in the present moment that there is not room enough to hold it!
Keep acknowledging the growth and the good that is coming out of every moment and every situation, no matter how improbable it may seem.
“Every adversity contains within it the seed of an equal or greater benefit.”
W. Clement Stone
May you prosper all the days of your life, under grace and in perfect ways!
The MEGA Coach
Inside every person’s heart is love, goodness and kindness. We are created in the image of God with the co-creative ability. God is unconditional love.
Unconditional love is all powerful. It permeates and transcend everything. See good in each other, see God in each other and help each other.
Our world needs kindness now. You need kindness now. We all do.
Take a nice, deep breath and smile. Kindness and Unconditional Love transcends all.
“To laugh often and much; to win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children;
to earn the appreciation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends;
to appreciate beauty; to find the best in others; to leave the world a bit better,
whether by a healthy child, a garden patch or a redeemed social condition;
to know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have succeeded.”
Find three ways to show kindness to others today.
Smile, smile, smile!
The MEGA Coach