Lessons from the Turtle

Just a month ago, I found myself wondering why I had grown depressed to the point of giving up. I mean, I was doing everything right. My days were more than busy doing good things—Godly things—or so I thought. Does God want me to be so busy that I get angry with my wife when she asks me to help redo our son’s bedroom? Couldn’t she tell how busy I was already? How selfish of her to make me put one more thing on my to-do list…

It was time to do some soul searching, so I went for a drive. It was a beautiful morning on a back road near Newborn. I was enjoying the cool air, the blue sky, the changing colors of the leaves and the crunch of gravel under my tires when, out of the corner of my eye, I spotted a turtle. While I had seen plenty of turtles before, I decided to pull over and take a few pictures.

As I pulled away, a thought came to mind. I need to be like the turtle. I need to slow down and seek wise council for my steps, not just focus on rushing around and getting everything done as efficiently as possible. I also need to remind myself that there’s never reason to fear. Why? Because I have a shell of protection around me. God is with me wherever I go. Since that day, I have cut all the unnecessary things out of my life, and let me tell you, there was a lot to cut. 

What do I do with all this free time? I’m still busy, but my days are much more manageable and far less stressful now. I take my time and spread my to-do list out across the space in the day when all those unnecessary things used to tie me in knots.

I was almost robbed of the chance to roll some paint on my son’s bedroom wall while my wife handled the trim. That’s the power of choosing great things over good things. 

by Scott Tredeau

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