My friend R surprised me the other day when she told me that she quite liked PE and wasn't too bad at it. I felt a twinge of envy as I conjured up images of her in rompers doing cartwheels and forward rolls with wild abandon. Then she shared a deep and intimate secret with me. So deep and intimate that I've decided to share it with anyone reading this. One day she arrived to PE class to find that new climbing equipment had been installed. Kids were invited to give it a try. R was in shock. Although she really wanted to try it out, she has always been one for routine and was petrified to try something new just in case she couldn't do it. It turns out that all the other kids were keen to have a go with the new equipment...and all the other kids were keen to make fun of the one who was too afraid to go near it. Thankfully R had a very kind teacher who took the time to get alongside her at the end of class and allow her to try it on her own, with no other kids watching. And it turns out she loved it and went on to participate fully in every subsequent class.
Here's another example of someone being encouraged to achieve a personal goal:
The caption under the video clip states: "When you don't give up..You cannot fail". So, in this Race of Life, I am determined to fix my eyes on Jesus. I will not give up following Him and through Him, I cannot fail.