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Having been raised with the story of the tortoise and the hare I grew up with
the concept that the tortoise was a wonderful fellow who could do no wrong.
Persistence wins was the impressionable theme. Well, today I passed a
tortoise crossing the road. Carefully I made sure the wheels of my car
straddled him as I passed. Looking in the mirror I noticed other drivers
behind me also being careful to straddle him. However about thirty minutes
later I came back from the other direction and there was a crow eating the
squashed remains of Mr. Turtle.
The only lesson I can draw from this is persistence is good but speed would
have been better. Sometimes we are so laid back knowing tomorrow is
another day we do not accomplish the things we need to do. Being a teacher
I see this almost everyday. Students have a zillion reasons why their work is
late. Computers and printers have been a blessing to slow students. They
now blame technology for their tardiness.
Have you ever noticed what Jesus said to Zacchaeus when He found him in
a tree. "And when Jesus came to the place, he looked up, and saw him, and
said unto him, Zacchaeus, make haste, and come down; for to day I must
abide at thy house. And he made haste, and came down, and received him
joyfully." Luke 19:5-6
Haste does not always make waste. Mr. Turtle was wasted because of his
lack of haste.
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