The Fern and the Bamboo

THE FERN AND THE BAMBOO One day I decided to quit…I quit my job, my relationship, my spirituality…. I wanted to quit my life. 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?”...

The Winner

THE WINNER I was watching some little kids play soccer. These kids were only five or six years old, but they were playing a real game – – a serious game _ two teams, complete with coaches, uniforms, and parents. I didn’t know any of them, so I was...

The Nail

THE NAIL As the story goes, they built a new church building and people came from far and wide to see it. They admired its beauty! Up on the roof, a little nail heard the people praising everything about the lovely structure-except the nail! No one even knew he...

Butterfly Story

BUTTERFLY STORY A man found the cocoon of a butterfly.  One day a small opening appeared.  He sat and watched the butterfly for several hours as it struggled to force its body through the little hole.  Then it seemed to stop making any progress.  It appeared as if it...

Pedal

PEDAL I used to think of God as my observer, my judge, keeping track of the things I did wrong, so as to know whether I merited heaven or hell when I die. He was out there, sort of like a president. I recognized His picture when I saw...