Never Give Up
A story we all need to hear
from time to time…
One day I decided to quit. I
quit my job, my relationship,
spirituality. I wanted to quit
I went to the woods to have one last
talk with God. “God”, I said. “Can
you give me one good reason not to
quit?” His answer surprised me….
“Look around”, He said. “Do you see
the fern and the bamboo?” “Yes”, I
“When I planted the fern and the
bamboo seeds, I took very good care of
them. I gave them light. I gave them
water. The fern quickly grew from the
earth. Its brilliant green covered the
floor. Yet nothing came from the
bamboo seed. But I did not quit on the
In the second year the Fern grew more
vibrant and plentiful. And again,
nothing came from the bamboo seed. But
I did not quit on the bamboo.” He
said. “In the third year, there was
still nothing from the bamboo seed.
But I would not quit. In the fourth
year, again, there was nothing from
the bamboo seed. I would not quit.”
“Then in the fifth year a tiny sprout
emerged from the earth. Compared to
the fern it was seemingly small and
insignificant. But just 6 months
later the bamboo rose to over 100 feet
tall. It had spent the five years
growing roots. Those roots made it
strong and gave it what it needed to
survive. I would not give any of my
creations a challenge it could not
He said to me. “Did you know, my
child, that all this time you have
been struggling, you have actually
been growing roots? I would not quit
on the bamboo. I will never quit on
you. Don’t compare yourself to
others.” He said. “The bamboo had a
different purpose than the fern, yet,
they both make the forest beautiful.”
“Your time will come”, God said to me.
“You will rise high!” “How high should
I rise?” I asked. “How high will the
bamboo rise?” He asked in return.”As
high as it can?” I questioned. “Yes.”
He said, “Give me glory by rising as
high as you can.
I left the forest and brought back
this story. I hope these words can
help you see that God will never
give up on you.
Think about that: He will never give
up on you.
Never regret a day in your life.
Good days give you happiness;
Bad days give you experiences;
Both are essential to life.