We say Be Strong to our kids daily. It's followed up with the rest of our quote from the Bestrongstory protect the weak, love Everyone.
But Be Strong. What does that even mean? When is it necessary? Do we need it daily? Can we still be full of fear and be strong?
Yesterday this was played out in the smallest of ways. But something Holden will remember for a long time as a defining moment, that he was strong when every part of his body felt weak.
You know when you literally get weak in the knees because something terrifies you? That was him.
Yesterday we went to a friends with a zip line. Holden wanted to do it so bad. He stood up at the zip line several times, doing everything he could to will himself to jump, but he just couldn't. I told him, "you can do it, I know you can, I have all the faith in the world. I know it is so scary, we can do hard things."
He would hold his hands tight on the handles of the rope for dear life, then wipe his sweaty hands, and then wipe his tear stained face.
I said, "bubba you don't have to do it."
He said, "I'm so scared!" as he wiped his eyes
But I want to so bad!" That was the key phrase.
He knew that conquering that fear was gonna outweigh the fear itself. He just had to figure out how to get there.
He got down without conquering his fear. But 30 minutes later. I peer out the window and see him up there again with his sister, she's coaching him up, there's not a soul in site, I see him wipe his tears, she keeps talking to him.
"You can do it, bubby." his 5 year-old sister says, over and over.
Holden called me outside, he said, "I am just so scared."
Sis said, "I am just so sad for Holden." Feeling his pain.
I said, "I know you can do this, but you don't have to do it, but I know you can."
It's the thinking about making that first step that is scariest. Not even the actual leap. Just THINKING ABOUT THE LEAP. I know this feeling well.
He looks at me and he leaps, he flies, he does it, and he does it over and over again.
It was a zip line, a small thing, but something that helped him define one more thing he faced head on when he was petrified.
One more thing he can take out of his memory brave memory box for when he faces something else.
This week we want to hi-light what it means to really be STRONG. Real life stories of those who will inspire us to be strong. STAY TUNED for our BE STRONG series this week, PROTECT THE WEAK series the next, and LOVE EVERYONE.