My husband and I, along with his sister and brother-in-law, attended a youth steer show and sale at the Tampa Fair Grounds yesterday. When I walked in, it was as if I had stepped back in time. Little did I know when I was a kid that I would cherish the moments I spent in the show barn showing steers. My dad had also shown cattle at his youth fair when he was a kid, so he ensured my sister, brother, and I had that same experience. It makes me feel like I did a disservice to my children by not taking them down that same path; I’ll bet it would have made a difference in their lives as it did mine. However, at the time, rather than remembering all the good things about it, I remembered having to get up early while it was still dark and making sure they had feed and water, whether it was raining or not. Cleaning a muddy stall was not my favorite thing either, and knowing my kids, I probably would have had to live it all over again. Anyway, that’s my excuse.
Here’s some truth; anything worth having takes work—even childhood experiences. Look back at your childhood and remember 4-H, FFA, baseball, football, cheerleading, and other events your parents may have involved you in; it all takes time and work, but we are all better humans because of it. God is that same way; he wants us to have a meaningful life and challenges us to follow his lead. One day we will look back on the trials and tribulations we underwent and feel grateful for those experiences because they put us on a path that led us straight into his arms. I call that success.
I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.” John 16:33