I went to a camp recently with the kids that I teach. It was our first time going to this particular
camp site and the kids really enjoyed it. Compared to other camp sites this one had a lot more activities.
One of the activities we did was the climbing wall. It was really high and after the kids got their turn, I gave it
a shot and got half way up. My arms felt like lead and I had no power to pull myself up to the top.
I have to admit it was a bit intimidating before I did the climb.
The kids responses were varied. Some were afraid, some were hesitant, and some were happy.
Anyway, after the exercise the instructors got the kids together for a feedback session. After all the feedback,
the instructor said something that really stuck with me. He didn’t have a sheet that rated everyone
on how high they went and there was no prize giving ceremony for the people that made it to the top.
Instead, he congratulated everyone for attempting. In his eyes, attempting the course was winning.
The mere fact of putting on the harness and taking the first step up the course was the victory. It didn’t
matter to him who won.
That really struck me. There is so much emphasis today on being number one, and winning but could that
be a partial picture?
Is there a place for a first step, an attempt, pursuing, trying?
The journey we are on is long and hard. Yeshua is not looking for number one. His desire is for us to
finish the race. No matter how difficult things are take the step, attempt, try. If you fall, get back up and
try again. Just don’t stay in one place, don’t freeze, don’t give up. Rely on Him for strength.