Do you remember an old toy called, "pick-up sticks?" A bunch of them came in many colors, stuffed in a tin can. The whole idea was to throw them onto the floor or a table. Each player would take a turn picking up one stick, trying not to disturb any of the others. Of course, we always looked for the easiest ones.
As we grow, we start out tackling the simple stuff and celebrating the small victories. As more complex tasks come our way, they require more study and concentration. The stakes are higher - a scholarship, the honor roll, a diploma, an award, a publishing contract. The standards grow more precise and demanding.
We have a choice: keep pace and improve or settle for good enough.
Personally, I want to keep moving forward: spirit, soul, and body. I don't want to reach for the stick that poses no challenge and no risk. Maybe I'll fail 50 times, but I'll persevere until God moves me in another direction.
Writers and Readers: What are some of the challenges you've faced and won?
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