“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!
This 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.
Do you ever get sucked into something which provides short term gains but has long term concioquences just because you do not have the patience or will power to wait? Today we see this a lot in our lives where we NEEEED something and we do not have the money but we think we can always charge it!
My family is on a journey to live debt free and day by day as we make better long term decisions we REALLY see where these decisions are changing our lives for the future.
In Proverbs 28:20 (NLT) the Bible says, “The trustworthy person will get a rich reward, but a person who wants quick riches will get into trouble.” or in The Message translation, “Committed and persistent work pays off; get-rich-quick schemes are ripoffs.”. How many people have you seen win with get-rich-quick schemes? I am fairly creative, love technology and network with a lot of different people in my life, but I have NEVER seen anyone win in a get-rich-quick schemes. As a young man, I was always mindful and aware of the successful people and the traits they possess. It should not be a big surprise none of them thought they would be rich tomorrow because of one idea.
We all know Aesop’s classic fable, The Tortoise and the Hare. Why is this so hard for us? May for some people maybe the hope of ever winnning is gone. For others, the “snowball” or their debt is rolling too fast the wrong way and they can not seem to stop it. We have to remember it took years to get into our mess and it will take time to get out. We have to start with one step at a time just like the Tortoise! We have to ignore the Hare (the normal/broke people in our lives) and follow the plan OUR family has made. Read the book, the Tortoise ALWAYS WINS and so can YOU!
Dave Ramsey’s moto “Live like no one else, so later you can live like no one else” is really what it is all about. No one is saying it will be easy, BUT it will be worth it!