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   Posted 7/25/2009 6:11 AM (GMT -6)   
Just found this on the internet and thought I'd share it..

One day I became so discouraged 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 asked, "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. He said.

"In year three there was still nothing from the bamboo seed. But I would not quit.

In year four, again, there was nothing from the bamboo seed. 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."

"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."

"Your time will come", God said to me.

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   Posted 7/25/2009 2:03 PM (GMT -6)   
That's a great story! Thank you for posting it :-)

Wish God would talk to me that clearly sometimes, though, lol.
"The ideals which have lighted my way, and time after time have given me new courage to face life cheerfully, have been Kindness, Beauty, and Truth"~Albert Einstein

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   Posted 7/25/2009 2:23 PM (GMT -6)   
this reminds me of rearing children. It seems like it takes forever for them to grow up. In the grand scheme of thins it is only a short time.


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   Posted 7/26/2009 1:32 AM (GMT -6)   
He didn't give up on this Avocado tree either ;)

Avocado tree finally bears fruit after 19 years
AP – Fri Jul 24, 8:30 pm ET

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   Posted 7/26/2009 10:44 AM (GMT -6)   
I really liked this and copied it.  Thanks for sharing it!
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