What did the Tortoise give up to win?

“Behold the turtle. He makes progress only when he sticks his neck out.”  -Anonymous

Why is the story of the Tortoise and the Hare so hard for us to understand apply to our lives?  What do you think the tortoise really gave up to win the race?

The more I think about this story the more I learn from it.  We know the tortoise never gave up, we all understand this part.  What about the journey of the tortoise?  I am guessing he saw things the hare completely missed.  Many of us are moving slow because of situations we have put ourselves in.  We think is stinks, but reality is, it might be where we need to be for God to teach us right now.

Also, if you think about the difference in effort the tortoise had to give and the speed at which he gave it, you could say the tortoise at least got to smell the roses along the way!  The hare ran past all of the good stuff only to collapse and snooze.  Do you ever feel like this is you?  Running too fast and missing everything you really want to see and experience?  The hare never thought about the “opportunity cost” of running so fast and sometimes neither do we!

patienceThis simple lesson can teach us about life, kids, our faith, our talents, our finances and so many more areas of our life.

The tortoise DID NOT give up anything except the effort to complete the task!

Proverbs 14:29 (NIV) says,”A patient man has great understanding, but a quick-tempered man displays folly.”  Folly, there is a kind description of us paying stupid-tax!  And yes there is the P word…Patient!  Lord, give us the patience we need to experience where we are right now.

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