I watched a highly athletic and intense competition show on TV with my children. We loved cheering for the competitors and seeing who would finish that tough course. Towards the end of the first hour of the show, none of the competitors had completed the course. Many of them had not even gotten halfway through. Then they showed the oldest competitor to have ever been on the show.
One of the events in the course is a wall that is tall and warped forward, giving the wall a hard curve to overcome. Every competitor gets 3 tries to climb over this wall. In his attempts during previous rounds/episodes to complete the course, this competitor did not make it over this warped wall. But, he was able to make it to the finals in the episode we were watching. Two of his daughters were there cheering him on. He started off on the course well, but then he got to his nemesis, this warped wall.
On his first attempt he wasn’t able to grab on to the top, and he slipped back down the wall. His second attempt was no different, down he went. The camera showed his daughters cheering him on, and the two commentators were discussing how this competitor needed to use his daughters’ cheers to encourage himself. Well, he went for his third try, and this time he made it up and over that wall. Not only did he conquer this warped wall, he made it through the rest of the events and finished the course! He was the first competitor to complete the obstacle course that night, and the oldest ever to complete the course on the show. He pulled all of the mental and physical strength he could to complete the course, and most importantly, to not give up!
Friends, when times get tough, when we are facing our own warped walls, that’s the time for us to keep going, encourage ourselves, and resolve it in our minds and spirits that we will not give up. Seeing this competitor push through that obstacle course and complete it really encouraged me. Tough times, and major challenges, can be conquered only if we don’t give up. This competitor also showed that it’s never too late to go for whatever we want to achieve in life. He could have decided not to compete; he could have given up on his dream, believing that he was “too old.” It would have been an easy thing to do, as competitors 20 and 30 years younger than him were falling down left and right. No, he didn’t believe it, and neither should we.
I’m curious, what would you go for in your life if you were guaranteed that you were going to get it? What would you go for if giving up was not an option?