Previous Challenge Entry (Level 2 – Intermediate)
Topic: RESOLUTION (01/07/16)
- TITLE: Attractive Distractions Destroy Resolve
By Ernest Yoder
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“Humph,” exclaimed the fleet footed hare as he scowled at the rounded shape of the clumsy tortoise. “You’ve got to be kidding.”
The tortoise, getting thoroughly annoyed at the antics of a self confident hare, had had enough. The hare made it his business to taunt the tortoise about his lack of nimble dexterity and the time it took him to get from point A to point B. So Mr. Tortoise, against any measure of common sense, challenged Mr. Hare to a foot race. And of course we know the end of the story. The hare got distracted by, of all things, the need for a nap in the middle of a foot race. He was passed up by the plodding tortoise while he indulged in an untimely distraction. As a result he lost the race.
In Aesop’s fable, The Tortoise and the Hare, we find a tale of unmitigated resolve competing against scatterbrained distraction.
In Ecclesiastes 9:11 we read, “The race is not to the swift….”
Jesus also said, “The last shall be first.”
The secret to keeping resolutions is to keep distractions from becoming attractions that deter the determination to be resolute.
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