If you are a fan of horse racing like my mom, then you probably experienced disappointment on Saturday when Big Brown failed in his bid to become the first Triple Crown winner in 30 years. I imagine that no one was as disappointed as the owner, trainer, and rider at the Belmont Stakes. Although, one trainer, Nick Zito, was quoted as saying, “Things happen for a reason.”
Do things really happen for a reason? Sometimes. But, sometimes, falling short is just a part of the human experience.
It is never easy when we miss the mark. Or, comforting your son or daughter when their team loses a championship game. Or, in our case, when I beat John Henry in Uno, and he looks at me like I’ve just destroyed his day. There are occasions where he wins, but I generally play him straight up. Sound harsh? Okay, it’s only harsh when I chant to the tune of a Queen favorite, “I am the champion, my friend.” And, I don’t do that every time. Back to the topic at hand.
Fact is, if you haven’t fallen short yet, chances are you will. It’s a part of life. The key is to give it all you’ve got. And, we learn more from our failures than we do our successes. We all know that. They are not nearly as fun, but they build character – the good kind.
And, although Big Brown didn’t take the Triple Crown, he did win two others. So, even if he never runs again, he will have finished well.
So, play hard – even when you fall short. Then, like Paul, you can say, “I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, and I have remained faithful.” 2 Timothy 4:7
What else is there?