My kids are teaching me.
Samuel is one determined little guy. When he decides he wants to go upstairs that’s all he thinks about. If the gate is left open (or rather the row of 18 gallon Rubbermaid totes which make a barrier on our non-gateable stairs going up) he immediately stops what he’s doing and makes a beeline for those stairs. Every. Single. Time.
A couple of days ago Samuel decided he wanted to stand on his own. So then he practiced all day long. I’d look over, and there he was, standing up — of course waiting for some applause — but standing. Over, and over, and over. And now, today, he’s decided that he’s going to try to take a step. On his own. If I take his hands, he pushes them away, he’d rather fail and fall — as long as he’s still trying.
Fail and fall. Keep trying?
How many times do I shy away from doing the hard things? How often do I let the fear of failing stop me from trying? If Samuel let every time he fell deter him then he’d never learn to walk. The pain of falling doesn’t stop him — he’s moving to the goal of walking. Every day just a little bit closer.
Is it really failing, this falling?
I’d argue no. With each attempt, each fall to the ground Samuel is one step closer to his goal. I think I’ve forgotten this lesson in determination. Determination is not a one time event. It’s a mind-set, a life strategy. If I cling to the fail/fall times and let them decide my outlook for the future, then I won’t move, won’t change. I’ll be stuck living in a mind set that hinders. When I recognize that determination equals perseverance then all the attempts, all the brushing my self off moments — they’ll keep propelling me forward.
I know there will be days. Days where I’m ready to throw in the towel at nine am. Weeks where I feel like I’m moving nowhere. Seasons in life that seem so challenging. My goal — to learn from Samuel. Instead of quitting, or defining it as a fail I aim to learn, to readjust, and to try again. One step in front of another.
It’s easy to look at the hardships of life and use them as definers of ourselves. Those are the days when falling feels like failing. Those are the moments when my vision is earthly focused. When I live in Christ and look to him for my identity, and allow the hard times to mold me then I no longer live defined by the earthly label of falling as always failing. My label? Perseverance. Determination. Winning – in Christ.
Thanks, Samuel, for reminding your mother just one more time of this truth.
Blessed is the man who perseveres under trial, because when he has stood the test, he will receive the crown of life that God has promised to those who love him. James 1:12
Wow! I needed that today. To keep trying even if I’ve fallen 100 times…that’s hard. But I can’t give up. Thanks for the encouragement!
He is so determined–such a good little boy! 🙂
Have a great day!
I LOVE how God uses our kids to teach us more about Him and our relationship with Him. What a great word for today!!
Wonderful post, Rachel. It’s amazing what lessons little ones can teach us!
Love and Blessings,
Samuel’s smile is just priceless! So much to learn from little ones. I appreciated your post. It was something that I needed today.
“And a little child shall lead them…”
So beautiful how the Lord used precious little Samuel to show you something He wanted you to learn. Amazing.
Have a lovely Saturday!
I love this…”Determination is not a one time moment.”
Motherhood is full of so many lessons. I’m so thankful when the Holy Spirit teaches me such powerful truths through such taken-for-granted moments. Great and thoughtful post.
amen. you know this is one of those challenging seasons for me… so thank you for this (CUTE!) reminder. this really hit home: “It’s easy to look at the hardships of life and use them as definers of ourselves.” i’m so glad our identity is in Christ!!!
Our youngest grandchild Ian is like that. He could stand up in the middle of a room…clap for himself but wouldn’t take that first step. If ya tried to help he’d just sat down. Yesterday he stood up and took five steps but it was all on his own terms.
Loved the post. We as Christians want God to work in our lives on our own terms, not His!
God bless you sweetie and have a fabulous Labor Day weekend!!!
AMEN!!! So very true! Thanks for sharing!
WOW! what a wonderful entry and illustration of “keeping on keeping on.” Thanks for a beautiful reminder! Blessings for a great long week-end!
Wonderful post, excellent reminder and beautiful baby! Thanks for sharing.
Our baby is the same way – every time she stands she looks around to see who her adoring fans may be. 🙂 Plus she loves stairs too….
And what a great reminder on perseverance – I need that especially as a mom when discipline & training needs me to just stick with it.
I love when God uses our children to teach us. He says to come as a child, and sometimes we have to look at them to “hear” what He’s saying. I love this. I cannot allow the fear of failure to stop God’s purpose for my life. I may fall, but I will get back up and be stronger for it.
OH the fun you’re going to have as he grows up!
Know that I’m praying!
Psalms 27:13-14: I had fainted, unless I had believed to see the goodness of the LORD in the land of the living. Wait on the LORD: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the LORD.
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God has used my children to teach me COUNTLESS lessons. I’m so glad I’ve taken the time to write them down. Someday, I will make them each a book with all my devotions that I’ve written and give it to them when they have their first child. I pray God will use this to give them a powerful Christian legacy.
I think I love this little man so much because he reminds me of one of my grand kids…and why do these things always say I’m from Everett?! That’s way up north of Seattle and I’m way south! Oh well…
Continuing to pray!
Psalms 27:1, 4-5 The LORD is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? the LORD is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?…One thing have I desired of the LORD, that will I seek after; that I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the LORD, and to enquire in his temple. For in the time of trouble he shall hide me in his pavilion: in the secret of his tabernacle shall he hide me; he shall set me up upon a rock.
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Know that you’re always in my thoughts and prayers!
Psalms 27:7-9 Hear, O LORD, when I cry with my voice: have mercy also upon me, and answer me. When thou saidst, Seek ye my face; my heart said unto thee, Thy face, LORD, will I seek. Hide not thy face far from me; put not thy servant away in anger: thou hast been my help; leave me not, neither forsake me, O God of my salvation.
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Am here praying!
Proverbs 3:5-6 Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.
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It’s amazing how God uses our kids to teach us lessons about HIM!! So cool!!