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Okay … I don’t know if I can write after all that excitement, but I’ll give it a shot.
This week’s Five Minute Friday prompt is:
Setting my timer for five minutes, and …
My kids had their second belt test in karate this week.
In this particular karate school, in order to advance to the next belt, students have to break a board.
One of the visiting instructors took a moment to explain to the parents why they include this element in the test:
“It’s a confidence builder,” he said.
“You’re going to face many obstacles in life that need to be overcome.
Nobody thinks they can break a board the first try.
And you know what? That’s fine. It doesn’t have to break on the first try.
But you have to keep trying.
You’re in a fight with a board, and you can’t let it defeat you. It doesn’t matter how many attempts you make — you just have to keep going.”
I don’t know about the kids, but I was motivated by his speech.
How true his words were for all of life.
It’s like the old adage, “If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again.”
I don’t know about you, but sometimes I get tired of trying.
Tired of trying to check all the things off my To Do List. Tired of trying to defeat the same sin in my life. Tired of breaking up the same arguments between siblings.
Like I’m pounding the same fist on the same board and the wood just won’t break.
The difference for us, as Christians, is that we have a secret weapon.
We aren’t laboring in our own strength.
If Christ is in us, we have His strength, His energy at work in us.
He is the reason we can do what we do.
“Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 3:13b-14).
He is the reason we overcome.
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