“If today were the last day of my life, would I want to do what I’m about to do today?”

Monday, March 22, 2010

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 my dear friend.

"Friend", 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 God planted the fern and the bamboo seeds, He took very good care of them. He gave them light. He gave them water. The fern quickly grew from the earth. Its brilliant green covered the floor. Yet nothing came from the bamboo seed. But God 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 God did not quit on the bamboo".

He said. "In the third year, there was still nothing from the bamboo seed. But God would not quit. In the fourth year, again, there was nothing from the bamboo seed. God 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. God would not give any of His creations a challenge it could not handle.

"He said to me. "Did you know that all this time you have been struggling, you have actually been growing roots? God would not quit on the bamboo. God 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," He 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, "Show to God that you are able to rise 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.

(Attend ‘Anda Dilahirkan Berjaya’ to know how to rise as high as you can!)

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