There's a sports competition, called “American Ninja Warrior,” that is televised on NBC. In this competition, contenders are faced with incredible obstacle courses; unbelievably difficult obstacle courses. The goal is to finish the predetermined series of courses, and to do so in a shorter amount of time than everyone else.
Yusuke Morimoto, a Japanese competitor, did a remarkable thing last night, which was to be the first person ever to complete Stage 3, on American soil.
When asked by one of the hosts of the show, "How are you feeling right now?” he replied:
"I had really come to the end of my strength, but I didn’t want to give in to doubt. I was determined to stand at the goal. I didn’t give up, and I finished.”
I was excited for him, and proud of his accomplishment. So were the people in the audience. So were his teammates. And so were his opponents. Everyone was on their feet, applauding him, and shedding tears of delight, adoration, and immense pride.
I couldn’t help but consider how this is a decent representation of our life on Earth, and our arrival at the finished line, when we have returned home to our Father in Heaven. Our trials are challenging and tiring, but if we hold tight to what we know is right, we will be able to “stand at the goal… and finish.” I will not give in to doubt, and I will stand faithful when that day comes.