We need to stop giving every kid a trophy just because they’ve “participated” in something. If they lose, no reward (except maybe an ice cream cone). If they win, then give them the prize. The prize must be earned. We all need to suffer; at least a little bit. How else are we going to know the difference between suffering and the enjoyment of achievement?
This is not from me, but from ABOVE…
1 Corinthians 9:24 Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize? Run in such a way as to get the prize.
Romans 5:3-5 Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us.
Philippians 3:13-14 Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.
Ryan knows it takes an effort to achieve something, even though effort may not be enough to win. But loss, from the right perspective, can be counted as a win, if you learn something from the defeat (I’m not talking about the loss of an extremity here. That would be de-feet). I believe Ryan is putting in the effort to come back from his injury, and I’m going to back him 100% with my prayers and whatever else I’m supposed to do as a dad and caregiver.
In the end (of which there really isn’t one), us believers are going to receive the best prize of all…HEAVEN! Oh, and I’ll take Ryan out for an ice cream too…