The Tortoise and the Hare

It’s not a Biblical parable, but there is much to be learned from the parable of the tortoise and the hare. I think we are all familiar with the basic message: sprinting and then having to rest doesn’t result in a win. Slow and steady wins the race. Does this apply only to marathons? Lately, I have been thinking about the ways in which this applies to other parts of life: physical, mental, spiritual. For example, consuming a bunch of caffeine or sugar to spike your energy and then crashing isn’t as productive as maintaining energy throughout the day (and getting enough sleep!). Not studying the whole semester and then “cramming” for a test does not result in long term knowledge. But what about putting God on the back burner and then praying feverishly in times of need? Does the logic still hold? Well, God isn’t always logical but there are some similarities. First of all, God will be there any time. You don’t have to check in every day to earn the right to pray earnestly in times of need. But what about the rest of the time, when there isn’t a crisis? God is still available and waiting for you. Those are the exciting times: daily prayer when God slowly changes you, helps you answer your unique call, and gives you strength and guidance for the day. Slow and steady wins that race.


Dawn is a Lutheran Life Coach who is headed from NYC to Kansas City as part of the planning team for the ELCA Youthworkers’ Extravaganza. For a complete list of life coaching services, including one-on-one telephone coaching and online interactive e-courses, please visit Dawn’s website.
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