Last week, my 2 older daughters participated in our School District’s track meet. I have to start by saying that I was so proud of my girls for doing their best. They both ended up doing extremely well. My 11 year old daughter finished 3rd overall (in the grade 5-6 age group) and my 8 year old daughter finished 4th overall (in the grade 3-4 age group). This is not what this post is about though (but I had to share
An incident happened during one of the events that really touched my heart. It was during the 400 meter race for the grade 3 and 4 boys. The race started off with several kids fighting for the lead and this continued on for the rest of the race.
Most of the crowd’s attention was on the kids in the lead. So when the the leaders crossed the finished line most people lost interest in watching the rest of the boys finish. One by one the rest of the boys crossed the finished line but there was still one little guy who was way behind everyone else and he began to lose heart when he saw that everyone was done except him.
With about 50 meters left in the race he just stopped and started walking toward the finish line. I am sure he was thinking “What is the point in even finishing? Nobody cares.” This is where something beautiful happened. Several of the boys from his school came alongside him and started encouraging him to run.
It was so awesome watching this little boy’s demeanour change from dejected to excited as his friends cheered him on and ran the rest of the race with him. He ended up running as fast as he could the rest of the way. He may have finished last on the record sheet but he (and his friends) were first in my heart!
We need more people like these little boys in our world. We need more people who take the time to help those who are struggling. We need more people who are looking for opportunities to help those who are hurting. We need more people who will run alongside others and cheer them on!
Who can you run alongside of and cheer on today?