Life seems to present you with many problems and challenges every single day. It presents you with bad surprises when you least expect it, and it bloats you with unresourceful emotions that may tie you down to a life of unhappiness and mediocrity.
This means that you face many problems, challenges and obstacles every single day. Despite all this, it isn’t so much what happens to you that really makes a difference; it’s rather what you do with what happens to you that determines where you’ll end up, what you’ll have, and how you’ll be transformed by your experiences.
The following story is a reminder that there’s no common path to success and that just because you’ve not achieved something yet does not mean you need to give up or quit:
One day, a man decided he had had enough of everything.
So, he went into the woods to have one last conversation with God. “God,” the man said. “Could you give me a good reason not to give up?”
“Look around you,” God said. “Do you see the bamboo and the fern?”
“Yes,” the man answered.
“When I planted the bamboo and the fern, I took good care of them. I gave them sunlight, water and food. I also protected them from storms. The fern grew from the earth and its beautiful fronds quickly covered the forest floor. But, nothing came from the bamboo seed. However, I didn’t quit on it.
In the 2nd year, the fern grew more splendidly than before, but nothing came from the bamboo seed. However, I didn’t quit on it. In the 3rd year, nothing came from the bamboo seed. However, I didn’t quit. In the 4th year, although there was still nothing from it, I didn’t quit.
In the 5th year, a small sprout emerged from the earth. It was smaller than the fern. However, day by day it grew and within 6 months, the bamboo cane had risen to a height of a hundred feet. It had spent the 5 years growing roots, which made it strong as well as gave it what it needed to survive. I would never give my creations a challenge they couldn’t handle.
All this time you’ve been growing and struggling. You’ve been growing the roots that you need to produce your own fruit. You should never compare yourself to anyone, because all of my creations have different timescales, different journeys, and different purposes. As you can see, the fern had a different purpose from the bamboo. So, if you don’t give up, you’ll rise high,” God said.
“How high will I rise?” the man asked.
“How high will the bamboo rise?” God asked.
“As high as possible?” the man replied.
“Yes,” God said.
Then, the man left the forest, realizing that God would never give up on anyone.
It is important to understand that the process of being persistent and not giving up can be annoying, challenging, or even painful, but the final product is priceless.
You should never find it surprising when trials and tribulations come your way. Remember that they’re necessary in order for your character to be shaped and strengthened. God will never give you a challenge without first equipping you with the strength to face and overcome the challenge. The discouragement may come in when you don’t realize that you’re already equipped to overcome the challenge.
So, believe in yourself, your goals, and your dreams, and never give up.