July 5, 2011

A young man wished to marry the farmer’s beautiful daughter. He went to the farmer to ask his permission. The farmer looked him over and said, “Son, go stand out in that field. I’m going to release three bulls, one at a time. If you can catch the tail of any one of the three bulls, you can marry my daughter.”

The young man stood in the pasture awaiting the first bull. The barn door opened and out ran the biggest, meanest-looking bull he had ever seen. He decided that one of the next bulls had to be a better choice than this one, so he ran over to the side and let the bull pass through the pasture out the back gate. The barn door opened again. Unbelievable. He had never seen anything so big and fierce in his life.

It stood pawing the ground, grunting, slinging slobber as it eyed him.

Whatever the next bull was like, it had to be a better choice than this one. He ran to the fence and let the bull pass through the pasture, out the back gate.

The door opened a third time. A smile came across his face. This was the weakest, scrawniest little bull he had ever seen. This one was his bull. As the bull came running by, he positioned himself just right and jumped at just the exact moment. He grabbed… but the bull had no tail!

Life is full of opportunities. Some will be easy to take advantage of, some will be difficult. But once we let them pass (often in hopes of something better), those opportunities may never again be available. So always grab the first opportunity.

Most people seek the path of least resistance. And this is why they never grow.

Go to the gym. I learn a lot lf lessons there.

Get into those exercise gear and by the way, just finding time to exercise is already a major accomplishment in my busy schedule. Skip the machines and go straight to the department of dumbbells and weights. Pick up the lightest one because it’s the easiest one to do and you know as well as I do that this is a waste of time. Burn those muscles. Feel the heat. Go to the limits and you leave the gym tired but satisfied and the results for the next few days will show you that your decision to do the hard ones have been correct.

Same principle in life.

Many people refuse to accept challenges because of fear.

But you hear them say things like:

  • I’m not accepting the new assignment because I have other priorities in life.
  • If at first you don’t succeed try something else.
  • I’ll get around to doing it once I find the time.

And then the opportunity passes and they wonder why nothing good’s happening to their lives.

Success people have always been turned off with the path of least resistance because they have always chosen the path of great perseverance.

This is what life is all about.

Get out of your comfort zone.

Learn new things. Explore the world. Stretch yourself.

Meet new friends. Learn from people.

And why not go into the diligent study of God’s Word.

Accept His Call and go out and change the world.

Love God with all of your heart, soul strength and mind and be ready for that brand new life adventure you’ve always been looking for.

Don’t go for the thin and scrawny bull with no tail, choose the biggest one and the fiercest one. Nothing ventured nothing gained.

In other words, attempt great things for God and be sure to give Him the Glory.


This Post Has 19 Comments

  1. pepz

    i’m encouraged! sometimes, i feel like i might be overdoing things…taking in new challenges, embracing new things… i’m glad i read this… thanks for sharing this, Sir Francis 🙂

  2. emma

    Nice read! Thank you for taking the time to write this Sir Francis. It’s so timely for me! I needed to stand by my decision and this sharing is so helping me deal with the risk qith all positivity! Thanks again! 🙂

  3. Jerome

    This is a good read. Sometimes I have to be reminded that I need to get out of my comfort zone in order for me to experience life more and grow. I can relate to the gym experience. I know for a fact the muscles grow because of the ‘tear’ the tissue experience as a result of lifting heavy and it grows bigger next time when it heals. This is how to grow muscles. I think this is the same path to follow in order to grow in life. Stretch!

  4. jeff

    Thanks again..This is really inspiring.

  5. jocelyn seloterio

    very inspiring

  6. cindy

    i love it 🙂 we can face anything, even the biggest one and the fiercest one, as long as we face it with firm faith in God and for His Glory! 🙂

  7. Yu Ann

    true enough! very inspiring! Kudos to you Sir! =)

  8. Olivia

    Inspiring story, take every opportunity that comes our way, with courage and faith in God.

  9. Lily C. Yap

    A nice story and a great lesson to learn.

  10. Daniel David Balisnomo

    Thanks so much for this article Sir. your articles always empower me. i haven’t met you in person, but i’ve been reading your books and articles for the past 6 years or so. years ago, one of your books inspired me to quit my day job developing business apps, and venture out into game development. i never regretted that bold move ever since. Thanks so much for empowering people like us. i should say, you’re really pretty good at transforming a mediocre life into something more fulfilled and rewarding! God Bless You and Your Family Sir! 🙂

  11. april melinda

    very inspirational.. thnx sir francis…

  12. gus

    wow! I like the message. I let many ops pass pass me by. Great message sir…
    and story too!

    More power to you po.

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  14. Christian Joseph

    Wow.. what a story, you made my day sir francis.. i really learned a lot from your stories. Wish to see you someday. but the seminars are all expensive. 🙁 hope to see you in person someday! 🙂

  15. Chris D

    This is really something!
    Wait not for the weakest. Grab the huge bull at the opportune moment.

  16. joyce guanzon

    you once said, its never too late to start anew…
    regrets when i wasn’t given the chance to move as i wish… and left me with nothing! what a waste!!! sometimes people are not left with too many options and they just go with the flow… as opportunity knock only ones? i hope there will be windows tommorrow… 🙂

    1. Francis Kong

      I am sure there will be as God continues to provide favors Joyce.

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