Failure doesn’t have to limit us. Remember, even if we fail to reach our ultimate, desired destination right away, we will have made progress along the road that will lead to it.
And that matters—it means a lot.
Even though we might fall short of our finish line, just continuing the journey will make us greater than we were before.
Elder Dieter F. Uchtdorf, "The Best Time to Plant a Tree", Ensign, January 2014
I watched the story of Derek Redmond at the 1992 Olympic games in Barcelona. He was favored to win that race. Instead, several hundred meters from the finish line, his right hamstring snapped from the bone. He hobbled then fell to the ground. As medical staff made there way over, he decided he needed to finish the race. He hopped, in pain, towards the end. Then....his dad fought his way through security to be by his son's side to lift him so he could finish. And he did.
As I watched that with tears in my eyes, I couldn't help but think of this race of life we are all in together. Some of us are sprinting fast, and some of us are walking but still moving forward. Some of us are still moving despite ripping our hamstring from the bone where we have fallen down at first. Then, still some of us refuse to even move or actually have started walking back towards the starting line looking to leave.
Despite the level we are at, our Heavenly Father is running to be at our side to lift us and help us finish. All we have to do is allow Him to help.
This race of life is hard. We cannot do it alone. And yet, sometimes we try to. But we don't have to. We have help available. Why not use it?