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The fern & Bamboo

Discussion in 'Spirituality' started by jdude, May 21, 2007.

  1. jdude

    jdude Well-Known Member

    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 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.

    Never regret a day in your life.

    Good days give you happiness;
    bad days give you experiences;
    both are essential to life.
     
  2. trudger

    trudger Well-Known Member

    Re: The fern & Bamboo

    This is beautiful. Thank you.
     
  3. Robyn

    Robyn Well-Known Member

    Re: The fern & Bamboo

    I love this...
    thanks
     
  4. Brian3383

    Brian3383 Well-Known Member

    Re: The fern & Bamboo

    i love it.
     
  5. Freee

    Freee Active Member

    Re: The fern & Bamboo

    That really gives me encouragement, thank You Jay
     
  6. spring

    spring Administrator

    Re: The fern & Bamboo

    I can't count the number of times I have come back to read this. Badly needed today. Thanks again.
     
  7. Prace1983

    Prace1983 Member

    Re: The fern & Bamboo

    Very touching. Something that can be applied everyday, something that most people should be aware of. Just because a person doesn't have anything to show for doesn't mean that person isn't trying, nor wont succeed... Thank you.
     
  8. Fox face

    Fox face Moderator

    This is great!
     

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