I live by the motto, “Do or do not. There is no try.” Some may have the misconception that I don’t believe in failure.
In fact, it’s quite the opposite. I fail. Often. And failure is necessary in life.
It’s what reminds us we’re human. It’s what reminds us we need help along our journey. It’s what reminds us to pray. To seek knowledge and understanding. To grow physically & mentally & spiritually.
It is in the midst of those failures and hardships when God is molding us into the people He knows we can be. The people He’s calling us to be. And truth be told, God always has way bigger (& better) plans for us than we ever have for ourselves. The key is trusting His timing. His will. The path He has chosen for us.
Three years ago, Ryan and I began our Spartan journey. We went into it with no expectations. I had only recently began running and really had no idea what I was getting myself into. After running our first Spartan, Ryan and I decided we wanted to go for the Spartan Trifecta (running three races in one year – Sprint, Super & Beast).
Fast forward 6 Spartan races later and there’s still no Trifecta medal around our necks. So what happened? Simply put, God had other plans.
This Saturday, we will run the Spartan Beast for the third time, at last completing our Trifecta. After many, many, many miles of mud, obstacles, blood, sweat and tears, I couldn’t be more ready. And yet, I’m also a little anxious about finally finishing this task we set out to do so long ago.
For Ryan and I, obstacle racing became our marriage counseling & completing the Trifecta became more about us spending time together while teaching our children what it means to never give up.
Sometimes in life it’s hard to see beyond the obstacles currently in front of us. It’s easy to find reasons to give up on those things we’ve said we’d do. We begin to second guess ourselves. To wonder if we’re on the right path. And then God gently nudges us, reminding us why He’s called us to whatever path He’s chosen for us. Guiding and teaching us along us the way.
We are all capable of great things. But only through struggle and yes, even failure, do we finally reach our goals. When we learn to embrace our struggles for what they truly are – God working in us – we find the journey that much more rewarding. After all, it’s the journey that has brought us to this point and will bring us through our adventures yet to come.
Do or do not. There is no try.