The Grasshopper Philosophy

grasshopper8As people we tend to compare our weaknesses to the strength of others. We gravitate toward our faults and shortcomings as we compare ourselves to that perfect creature in front of us.

Let me give you an example. It’s easy to look at a celebrity that has it all. They have the money, the house, the cars, the fame, and the looks. Then we may look at ourselves and think – not rich, small house on a mortgage, five year old cluncker for a car, only a few friends, and below average looks. “Man I really wish I had their life.”

But do you really? If you look below the surface they have made poor financial decision after another and everyone close to them can’t be trusted because each of them are trying to separate them from their money and often do. Often they are in debt up to their eyeballs and have that pent up knot in the center of their chest that never allows any kind of peace of mind. Their looks are all photoshoped and the result of personal makeup artists that must intervene each time they go out for fear of an attack by the cameras of the paparazzi. They can’t even go to the grocery store without protection. Their fame is more of a curse than a blessing and you’re intimidated by that?

I am an amateur on the bible but it says that you will be intimidated by no man. The creator of the universe handcrafted you personally, loves you, and watches over you each day. Who can be intimidated by someone else knowing that. Say to yourself, IF ANOTHER MAN CAN I CAN.  No one can make you feel inferior without your permission. 

When the people of Israel were freed from Egyptian rule my a series of miracles of God, including the parting of the red sea, they came upon the promise land. Moses sent a handful of scouts to explore the area and report back to the rest of the group. When the scouts returned they reported of the bountiful land and the people already living there. They said the people their were powerful and their towns large and fortified. They were even giants living there. Giants so large it made them look like mere grasshoppers.

Most of the people were upset and scared. But there were two who refused to compare their own weakness with the strength of others. Joshua and Caleb told them to not be intimidated they are mere prey to us. (I can almost hear Caleb say “do I look like a grasshopper to you?”)

What about you?  Are you a grasshopper?

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3 thoughts on “The Grasshopper Philosophy

  1. ekurie says:

    Concise and excellent as always. Forwarded it to my son in advertising and electronic games business.

  2. Reblogged this on bruceehoffman and commented:
    A necessary read for any leader… new or old!

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