Sometimes in life we want to give up. We do because we do not see results. We have been conditioned to see instant weight loss, better health and succeed at any sport overnight. It doesn’t work that way. When we do not see them, we quit. This is how I felt many times while going through my many debilitating moments.
However, life is like a Chinese Bamboo Tree. If we take a little seed, plant it, water it, and fertilize it, nothing happens.
The Second Year– we water and fertilize it, nothing happens.
The Third Year– again the same thing and nothing. How discouraging!
The Fourth Year– we water and fertilize it, nothing again. This is very frustrating.
The Fifth Year–we continue to water and fertilize the seed. WOW! Something happens, it grows up to 90 feet tall during the fifth year.
Life is often discouraging. We seemingly do things right, and nothing happens. But for those who have faith, do things right, and are not discouraged things will happen.
The question is, did it grow 90 feet in one year or in five years? The answer, of course, is that it grew 90 feet in five years. It took five years to grow the root system that would one day support a 90 foot plant.
Life is often like the Chinese Bamboo tree. We invest hours and hours trying to develop ourselves or others, and nothing happens. We spend years disciplining our children to follow the right path, but nothing happens. You will be tempted to give up. If you give up, the seeds you planted will die. But if you continue to care for the seeds, one day (when you least expect it) the results of your labor will seem to magically appear.
It’s difficult to see that change is taking place, but this is a necessary process. The growing we do on the inside creates strength of character and conviction. Don’t give up hope! Have faith and your efforts will be rewarded! Once the root system is established. Refuse 2B Feeble!