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Life Cycle of Your Group
Is Your Council Like a Carrot, an Egg, or a Coffee Bean?
Like each of us, our councils have faced adversity. The difference is how we react and what we become. An old parable of “The Carrot, the Egg and the Bean” gives us an example of how our reaction to adversity can be positive rather than negative.
A carrot, an egg, and a coffee bean were placed in pots of boiling water. After a while each was removed. The carrot was soft and mushy. The inside of the egg was hardened. The coffee bean, however, was unique; it changed the water into something fragrant and flavorful.
How do you and your council respond when adversity knocks on your door? Are you the carrot, strong, but wilt and lose strength when things become tough? Are you fragile like the egg, with a tender heart; but the softness becomes hardened? Or are you like the coffee bean that changes the hot water, the very substance that brings pain? That hot water releases the flavor and fragrance of the coffee.
During these hot days of summer, reflect on how you want your council to react to the stress of adversity. Through prayer, discussion and patience, we all can become like the coffee bean and transform our councils and ourselves. The LTD team is ready and waiting to help you become the coffee! Look for us at www.nccw.org under the Get Involved heading.
(Based on the Parable “Be the Bean”, author unknown)
Jean Illian, LTD Team Member