The hardest thing

Winston Churchill, Prime Minister of the Unite...

Winston Churchill, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom from 1940 to 1945.

The easiest thing is to quit.

It requires no courage, no effort, no optimism, no reassessment, no analysis, no second attempt, no positive enthusiasm, no uphill battle.

My soccer team practiced on the beach

So much of Europe just surrendered as Nazi tanks rolled in. They didn’t even try to fight for their homeland. But England was whipped into resistance by Winston Churchill. He said: Never, never, never, never, never give up! He promised the Nazis war by air, war by sea, war by land — on the beaches, over the plains, in the forests, in the cities, room by room, if need by, until the last Nazi fell or withdrew.

I coach a high school soccer team. We are small school, so there’s no talent pool. A few are good, another few are athletic, some are total beginners. We go up against some really good teams. Last season, a typical loss was 10-1. This season, some players have already decided that we have lost.

If you KNOW that you are going to lose even before your feet touch the field, then you WILL fulfill your own prophecy. No wonder some of the kids goof-off at practice, crack jokes and skip training. It’s all pointless, anyhow, right?

I think David saw possibility where others saw only death. He wasn’t afraid to take on a 9-foot tall giant named Goliath. And he took him out.

Quitting may be easy. But it provides no reward, no satisfaction, no triumphalism, no heroics, no solace, no hope, no joy. There’s nothing better than winning by upset. To get that, you have to believe in yourself.

16 responses to “The hardest thing

  1. It is all what is in one’s heart. Believing one can succeed is half the battle…and…belief in God. 😀 Anyone can quit.

    The team looks very talented to me…

  2. My mum taught me several things, the two worst words to wake up in the morning is What if? and a quitter never wins and winner never quits. She gave me these two pieces of advice when I was struggling and apparently failing at college. But I stick it through to the end and it took two attempts to pass. I did pass, I did not get the best grades but it taught me about tenacity and resilience and to fight for what you want and your dreams. Those sentiments have never left me

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  4. Tenacity is a Christian trait. Grace through prayer turns brick walls into paper.

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  6. There is nothing better than winning by upset.

  7. We can do all things Through Christ Jesus who strengthens us….

  8. Our biggest enemy is self-fufilling prophecy. However, it is also our best friend. My son’s martial arts instructor told him, “It is all how you look at things. You say you are having a really bad day. You are alive, un-injured, have loving parents and a friend in Christ. You have clothing, a roof over your head and food in your stomach. I would call that a good day.” It’s all about how we look at it. If we say we’ll fail, we will. If we say we’re going to win, we will, even if that means that we didn’t get the highest score. Best of luck reaching those teens. I live with two teens, so I know how difficult it can be to reach them.

  9. Agree. Perseverance with faith – such a combination. How much to be achieved with David’s insight. Must say Goliath had a very good PR team. Take care.

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