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Back With A Vengeance

Updated on August 31, 2017

Three years ago I started my Senior year of high school. That year our football team went the who season with a perfect record. We even won the state title in our division. The next year things were a little bit different as we only managed to win two games all season. The following year there wasn’t even enough interest to form a team. However, all of that has changed as this year there is again a team, and despite not having a team last year we were able to come out on top and win our first game of the year.

Not only did we win, but we managed to mercy rule the other team during the third quarter. Needless to say that the students playing on the football team were back with a vengeance. They wanted to make sure that there is a team in years going forward, and they want to be remembered as the ones who brought the great sport of football back to our high school.

In life we all go through tough periods where things aren’t going as well for us as we would like them to. Maybe it is a sick loved one, or you have just been fired from your job. Whatever it is, this is something that you definitely don’t want to be going through. As a school we didn’t want to see our football program have a losing record, and then we really didn’t want to see the team disolve.

I am sure that you have heard of the famous quote by George Custer, “It’s not how many times you get knocked down that counts, it’s how many times you get back up.” Even when times are tough, and nothing seems to be going the way that you want it to go, just remember that life is just trying to knock you down and make you stay down.

Don’t fall into the trap of believing this. Each and everyone of us is better than that, and we know that what is most important for us is that we get back up after we have fallen.

I recently heard it put this way: When you are learning to walk and you fall down you don’t just stay down knowing that you fell last time. You don’t think that it is not worth the risk of falling because you can see that others are standing, walking and able to get where they want to go.

Once we get older we seem to forget that falling down is not the end of the world. Instead we tell ourselves that since we fell last time that we will once again fall this time. By having this thought process creep into our minds we begin to believe that we will always fall, and thus we fail to continue trying to succeed.

What is it that changes in our minds that allows us to fall several times when we are smaller and continue to keep trying to falling once and resigning ourselves to a life of crawling.

I don’t want to crawl. Instead I would much prefer to walk, or even run. I know that I would never be able to do either one of these if I gave up on trying to walk the first time after I had fallen.

I didn’t want to stay there, and I know that deep down you don’t want to stay exactly where you are in your life. There has to be something that you wish that you could change. Instead of giving up and saying that it will always be that way, try challenging yourself to get back up and try again. I think that you will be amazed at the progress you make in just a little bit of time when you don’t have to worrry about falling because you are going to get back up when it happens.

-God Bless
Christopher Benner


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