Boys' Rites of Passage

Our Sons' Futures

Striving for Excellence

Posted by Thomas on March 12, 2010

It amazes me how we adults talk such a good game to our children, yet fail to heed our own preaching. Striving for excellence is not just for children but for adults too—especially in times like these. Complacency is dangerous in today’s world, be it work, home, school, worship—for it breeds indifference. Indifference is a silent killer.

We tell our children do well in school; study hard; make good grades…we tell them, you can be anything you want if you put your mind to it…we tell them that anything is possible.

Start telling yourself that. You (Mr. or Ms. Adult) need to hear those words internally. Feed your mind and thus your soul with those same positive and encouraging words. If we fail to see the world through the eyes of the young—a world filled with ENDLESS POSSIBILITIES, a world built for exploration, a world filled with magic and fun—we suffocate under the pressure of obligation. As we fight for air, grasping wildly for those things we’ve deemed important but are not, we die awfully.

YOU ARE FILLED WITH BOUNDLESS POTENTIAL! How do I know? God placed it in each of us. It is time we start believing in His handy-work.

From Success: One Day at a Time by John Maxwell:

“Far better it is to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs, even though checkered with failure, than to take rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy much nor suffer much because they live in the gray twilight that knows not victory nor defeat.”

–Theodore Roosevelt


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