In our journey on earth, we discover that life is made up of challenges—they just differ from one person to another. We are success oriented, striving to become “wonder women” and “super men.” Any intimation of failure can cause panic, even despair. Who among us cannot remember moments of failure?
Our responsibility is to rise from mediocrity to competence, from failure to achievement. Our task is to become our best selves. One of God’s greatest gifts to us is the joy of trying again, for no failure ever need be final.
President Thomas S. Monson, "The Will Within", General Conference, April 1987
Sometimes, I find myself content where I'm at in life. The effort needed to battle, to get up and keep running, is sometimes hard to find. Does that mean I'm okay with mediocrity?
Then I think of Christ's life here on earth. We know there was at least one time in His life that He asked His Father if there was another way. This way is tough. "If it be thy will, let this cup pass from me".
So do we sometimes feel like that? I know I do. To the point that I let them, my challenges, fill me with doubt. Fill me with concern and worry. Sometimes fill me with fear.
I ask myself, did Christ doubt? Did He worry? Was He afraid?
He did not. He was not.
He trusted in His Father completely. His trust was perfect. To the point that He accepted His Father's will no matter how hard. He knew His mission. He knew we couldn't overcome death and sin if He didn't do that. So He did. For a moment, it hurt bad enough that He sweat blood. Then His ordeal was over as He hung on that cross and submitted His Spirit to the Father.
Do we trust our Father completely like that? To the point where we are not worried or scared? Hard to do most of the time, at least for me. But I know it will eventually be over. The race of life is long, filled with obstacles, uphill sometimes, muddy sometimes, but it will eventually be over. We must endure. We must get up on our feet and keep running no matter how many times we fall. Keep moving forward.