Yesterday afternoon I went for a run and two of my kids wanted to come with me. So, I took them for a mile jog and it was such a good time! With a 1/4 of a mile left I noticed that they were both starting to get pretty tired. So, I was trying to think of how to motivate them a bit. So, I asked my son a simple question ... "Do you think you can beat Mercy to the house?" Without hesitation he said "Yep." He then took off and never looked back!
As I watched him run on ahead, I was reminded about how motivating a simple challenge can be. What was turning in to boredom was given new life when it became a challenge. We like to rise to meet challenges. This is true for both men and women, but I think it's particularly true for men. Men have an innate calling to "rise up" and nothing causes us to rise up more than a challenge. Every challenged faced gives us the strength to face another. Every challenge overcome, gives us the courage to believe we can overcome another. And, even if the challenge results in a defeat, one has still allowed themselves to rise to the occasion and that, in itself, is a win every time.