By Aidan Galloway (Dori)
This summer, the Class of 2016 went on a 4 day back country backpacking trip. Before we even left on the trip though, the Great Smoky Mountains had a horrible storm involving numerous fallen trees. Most of which seemed to be in our path on Goshen Prong trail.
When we looked at where the path used to be, all we could see were trees blocking our way. The whole group looked and started heading off the beaten path to go somewhat around the trees. We had to climb over several to even get to a spot where it was possible to get back to the path and that was an uphill climb.
That was the only time we had to leave the trail, but not nearly the last time we would have to climb over trees during our backpacking trip. All of us fell down once or twice, and we all had to get right back up and keep going.
If you think about it, we all have to do that in life, just usually not over trees. Whenever we mess up in life, we need to get up and keep on going, no matter how big we think we have failed. Even if we completely and utterly flop that doesn’t mean we should lie there and feel sorry for ourselves. Instead, we should have all the more reason to get up. Not only to prove that we can do it to others but also to oneself.
Sometimes, though, we can’t do things all by ourselves; we need to ask for help at times. It may be our parents or just someone we really trust, but at times, we just need to swallow our pride and ask. I doubt they’ll let you down, but there’s someone who’ll never ever let you down. Because, I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.
Our greatest glory is not in never failing, but in rising up every time we fail. — Ralph Waldo Emerson