What Dr. Seuss Taught Me
Recently I watched a broadcast on the Cooking Channel entitled Cooking School Confidential. This one-hour show followed 4 students for one year recording the blood, sweat, tears and fears of each student. Two of the four students had just begun their training and the other two were preparing for graduation.
Click here for a more complete description of each student and the challenges they faced.
As the school year came to an end, two of the four began making preparation for graduation. There was a sense of excitement for the unknown.
This is an excerpt from the student who was chosen to give the graduation speech:
“Do not be defined by the constraints of what others say is normal. Why should we fit in when we were born to stand out? Follow your passion. Live big and dream bigger. You need to have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. Everything else is secondary.”
Then she quoted a small portion of Dr. Seuss from Oh! The Places You’ll Go!
You have brains in your head.
You have feet in your shoes.
You can steer yourself any direction you choose.
So be sure when you step, step with care and great tact
And remember that Life’s a Great Balancing Act.
And will you succeed?
Yes! You will, indeed!
And that’s 100% guaranteed.
Although Dr. Seuss wrote that your success was 98 and ¾ guaranteed the student giving the speech chose to say 100%.
Joshua 1:1-9 (MSG)
1-9 After the death of Moses the servant of God, God spoke to Joshua, Moses’ assistant:
“Moses my servant is dead. Get going. Cross this Jordan River, you and all the people. Cross to the country I’m giving to the People of Israel. I’m giving you every square inch of the land you set your foot on-just as I promised Moses. From the wilderness and this Lebanon east to the Great River, the Euphrates River-all the Hittite country-and then west to the Great Sea. It’s all yours. All your life, no one will be able to hold out against you. In the same way I was with Moses, I’ll be with you. I won’t give up on you; I won’t leave you. Strength! Courage! You are going to lead this people to inherit the land that I promised to give their ancestors. Give it everything you have, heart and soul. Make sure you carry out The Revelation that Moses commanded you, every bit of it. Don’t get off track, either left or right, so as to make sure you get to where you’re going. And don’t for a minute let this Book of The Revelation be out of mind. Ponder and meditate on it day and night, making sure you practice everything written in it. Then you’ll get where you’re going; then you’ll succeed. Haven’t I commanded you? Strength! Courage! Don’t be timid; don’t get discouraged. God, your God, is with you every step you take.”
Summing it all up:
God has given all of us a unique task to complete for His Glory. Some of us will accept this task and go forward in faith while others will place it on the back burner until everything else falls into place. As the student was speaking from the works of Dr. Seuss, I could hear God saying:
You want success?
I won’t give up on you.
I won’t leave you.
Give it everything you have, heart and soul.
Don’t get off track.
Meditate on My Word.
Don’t be timid.
Don’t get discouraged.
I’m with you every step you take.
You want success?
Follow what I tell you.
This is how you will get it.