The victories and overcoming of others can be defeating for the one who hasn’t made it, no matter how hard they try. Success stories can act as a depressant to those who are still tasting defeat. One might think these stories encourage and motivate others…and for some, they do. For others, they are like more bricks on an already heavy load.
For those in the midst of struggle, facing the biggest battle of their life, there is more inspiration and hope in the fact that they are not alone and that gives them more strength and determination than any success story.
“I’ll never let you down, never walk off and leave you,” (Hebrews 13:5 the message)
If you’re lying on the ground with no strength left to get back up, a hand reaching down to help is better than knowing someone is waiting at the finish line. Think about it: when your struggling, do you want to see someone waving you on at the finish line or standing next to you with a hand outstretched to help you up.
There is too much, “Come on, you can do it” out there. There needs to be more, “Take my hand, we can do this together.” Carry someone if you have to…whatever it takes. Do you not realize that there is no success if someone is left behind?
“I will never leave you nor forsake you.” (Hebrews 13:5 NKJV)
Where are you today? Are you standing at the finish line cheering someone on…someone who doesn’t have the strength left to get up, to go on…or are you the one standing by their side, hand in hand, arm in arm, letting them know…
“Together, we can do this.”