You’ve probably heard the famous poem that goes,
“Tis a lesson you should heed:
Try, try, try again.
If at first you don’t succeed,
Try, try, try again.”
-Thomas H. Palmer
Up until recently, I always related the poem to when things didn’t work out or some sort of failure. But you know what I’ve realized? Sometimes it’s harder to ‘try, try again’ on the everyday choices and steps through life than it is to deal with not succeeding on the first attempt or having something not work out.
You’re building a business, and while you are super excited about it, the little mundane steps that help it to grow are tiring and overwhelming. You started with passion, but now you wonder if you can really do it. Keep going my friend… Try, try again.
A parent who has a child who has to have speech or physical therapy might not see the significance in the daily drills and the exercises done at the weekly appointments. But give it a couple of months, a year… little words start to form, phrases, then one day I turn around and my son is having a conversation with me… Try, try again.
“It’s tempting to think ‘a little’ isn’t significant and that only ‘a lot’ matters. But most things that are important in life start very small and change very slowly, and they don’t come with fanfare and bright lights.”
I found this quote by the beloved ‘Mr. Rogers’ while reading his book Many Ways to Say I Love You: Wisdom for Parents and Children from Mister Rogers, and while it pertains to parenting, how true is this of every area in life?
I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.
Sometimes it can feel this way with my walk with the Lord. Simple things like taking the time to spend quiet moments with God and lifting up others in prayer can easily get swallowed up by a busy schedule if I am not careful, but those ‘little’ steps really aren’t little at all. Keep going, press toward the mark… try, try again.