Friday, August 7, 2009

The Turtle on the Fence Post

The late Alex Haley, who wrote Roots, had a unique picture on his office wall of a turtle sitting on top of a fence post. Whenever someone asked about it, Haley would say, "If you see a turtle on a fence post, you know that he had some help. Any time I start thinking, 'Wow, isn't this marvelous what I've done?' I look at that picture and remember how this turtle, me, got up on that post." (Leadership as cited in The Best of In Other Words, 1996, 135).

A turtle can't get on top of a fence post unless a hand picks it up and places it there. Likewise, we can't receive a promotion without the hand of God putting us there. He may even place us in a lower position to teach us some valuable lessons. "For not from the east, nor the west, nor from the desert comes exaltation; but God is the Judge; He puts down one and exalts another" (Ps. 75:6-7).

That means we shouldn't be envious of those who have received a promotion, or be the least bit upset if we've been passed over for one. Advancing to a higher position is ultimately in God's hands.
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