I think most people would be familiar with Aesop’s old adage of The Tortoise & the Hare.
While there are valuable lessons in the original story, l recently found gems in looking at it from a different perspective.
Today, I’m enjoying an Aussie Bush tea that turns purple when infused.
What are you having today?
The Old Adage
The story is of two competitors running a race. One being the Hare & the other the Tortoise.
On the surface this race seems totally mismatched as the Hare has great speed & the Tortoise is slow.
But to the astonishment of all, the Tortoise actually wins the race!
Let’s take a look at each character shall we…
If you’re familiar with the story you may remember that the Hare is over confident, cocky & boastful in his capabilities of speed to out manoeuver any competitor he comes up against.
Where as the Tortoise is quiet, humble & has been overlooked as a competitor in a race of speed!
We see that as a competitor the Tortoise always keeps his end destination in focus as he deliberately plods towards the finish line.
Not concerned with the pressure to win the race with haste.
So what can we learn?
If we look at the original adage, it was a warning against pride in being over confident & cocky in one’s abilities that will often lead to a fall.
It was also wise advice that those who have integrity & keep their eye on the goal will eventually win the race!
This has me thinking about the Apostle Paul’s encouragement to us in Phillipians 3:14;
“…press on toward the goal to win the [supreme and heavenly] prize to which God in Christ Jesus is calling us…”
What is this goal?
Paul is talking about the prize of spending eternity with God.
He’s also talking about our relationship with God in the here & now, maturing that relationship through Christ as we head towards the finish line.
But life can get pretty tough at times, don’t you think!
And tough times can often lead us to become stressed…
Stress causes us to momentarily lose sight of the goal we’re heading towards.
Just as the Tortoise kept his focus on the finish line without wavering or getting distracted.
Nor was he swayed by outside pressure or discouraged by his own limitations.
We also need to keep a pace that is uniquely ours without succumbing to pressure.
If you feel pressured then it’s time to stop & reassess
I’ve had to do this recently, as outside pressure grew to meet certain expectations. That I’m incapable of meeting at this time due to a challenging cycle with Fibromyalgia.
I had to stop & assess as to why I was feeling so ‘pressured’ by these expectations that I know I simply can not meet.
And I realised that the pressure of these expectations were revealing latent regrets deep within myself.
In not being able to live the life I had so desired to live at this time to help loved ones.
Just like the Tortoise in the adage, I’m slow in this season of my life & need to plod at my own pace.
And as the old hymn goes;
Turn Your Eyes upon Jesus
‘…look full into His wonderful face & the things of this Earth will grow strangely dim in the Light of His glory & grace!’
by Helen Lemmel
I went to prayer & placed my focus once again upon Jesus, who restored peace to my soul!
Are you feeling pressured my friend? Then it’s time to stop & reassess.
Until next time,
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