Consider The Chinese Bamboo

Robert Strand

bambooThere is a deadly problem most teenagers have...and it may be due completely to being young and lacking in life experiences. What is it? Too many teens think only in the short term...thinking of the present with no thought about consequences down the road, either positive or negative. Any teen who doesn't begin thinking in the long-term will eventually be doomed to failure.'       

So let's consider the Chinese bamboo. This particular species of bamboo has a seed that is in reality a nut but with a very tough outer skin. Therefore after it has been planted, it must be watered regularly and fertilized. But the first year...nothing happens.

There's more watering and fertilizing the second year and nothing, no plant emerges from the soil. The same process is repeated during the third and fourth year and still nothing happens. Then in the fifth year the stalk bursts through the ground and in period of only six weeks this Chinese bamboo grows to some ninety feet tall!

The Question

So now the question: Did the bamboo grow 90 feet in six weeks or 90 feet in five years? What do you think?

When looking at life from your perspective, it may be a very narrow view that includes only today and tomorrow. Ever hear of "delayed gratification?" This means you are willing to take the longer look and delay your instant gratification. Any actions you take in the present will have consequences in the future. When you plant positive seeds in making life preparations...you can expect a positive harvest down the road. In other words...be prepared, even if it takes years, for an exciting life goal.

"Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight" (Proverbs 3:5-6)!