Beloved, I do not consider that I have made it my own; but this one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the heavenly call of God in Christ Jesus. Philippians 3:13-14 (NRSV)
The most amazing thing we can ever do is to push through failure until we meet success. When my son was growing up I used to play basketball with him. I loved the time we had together but it was the lesson in life I was teaching him that was more important to me than anything else. You see in spite of the feelings my wife had that I should let him win, I thought helping him to learn defeat was a more important lesson. It was amazing to watch him play with so much excitement attempting to beat me. My wife was certain it would somehow scar him emotionally for life because he didn’t win. However, when he played against his peers, I saw tenacity in him that made him good in fact it made him excellent, as well as a good sport. His face glowed with enthusiasm. Then the day came when we were playing a game at home and much to my surprise as hard as I played, as aggressive I became, I lost and he had won. I never saw anyone more excited about anything in all my life. It was as though he won a World Championship. He never lost sight of the goal, he could have quit at any time, but he determined this one thing, failure was not going to stop his success!
Do we have the same tenacity in our life, or are we ready to quit when life and people throw stumbling blocks in our path. Or will we decide to run a little harder, stay a little longer, and make this our goal; to never lose the enthusiasm in our effort.
PS; He doesn’t let me win either! I still play as hard
Dallas E. Waggle Chaplain / Director of Spirituality Signature HealthCARE of Galion firstname.lastname@example.org