Monday, October 20, 2014

THE EVERGREEN EXAMPLE


Over the weekend I had the opportunity to spend some time up at my cabin. The scenery was breathtaking. As I looked up at the mountain I noticed all the Aspen trees were losing their leaves for the winter. This is completely normal and nothing really new, however I noticed something I had never really taken the time to notice before. Among all the "dying" Aspen trees there were countless Pine trees standing as tall and strong as ever. Towering over the Aspen trees they looked beautiful and majestic. 
That's when it hit me… Although many of them were standing alone, and they were surrounded by trees that were "dying" and "falling apart",  they stood tall. 
As I looked up at those trees I became more and more inspired. I want to be like the Evergreen. I want to stand tall and stay strong even if everything around me is falling apart. 
It can be extremely intimidating taking a stand and being different, especially if you are the only one doing it.  I have experienced first hand being mocked, judged and left out for standing up for what was right.  It isn’t always easy. However, it is ALWAYS worth it.   
Whether they admit it or not, most people will actually be impressed and gain respect for you when you stand up for what is right.  It shows strength and confidence.  Those who do not respect you for making good decisions are not the kind of people who will help you progress and succeed so there is no need to impress them.   
Even if you are mocked, judged, or left out for choosing to stand up for what you know is right, you are never completely alone. Our Heavenly Father will always look out for you and protect you. When we do what is right, even when it is hard and even if we are the only one, we will be blessed. 
I can promise you that if you stand tall, even if it means standing alone, you will find a strength and confidence within yourself that you will never want to compromise. Follow the example of the Evergreen tree. Just as it stands tall and is "ever green" in a world that is cold and grey, you can stand tall, even if it means standing alone. 
When have you had to stand tall, even when it meant standing alone?

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