Reaching for the Prize

Reaching for the Prize

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My five-year-old granddaughter, Molly, needed her crayon box for a school project. To prevent her two-year-old sister from decorating the walls with crayon masterpieces, the box sat on top of the fireplace mantle waaaaay over the heads of both girls. Since Molly didn’t ask for my help, I waited to see how she would manage to attain her goal.

First, she stepped onto the  brick hearth which brought her several inches closer. Standing on tiptoe, she still failed to reach the crayons. She dragged a chair from the kitchen area, set it in front of the fireplace, and stood on its seat. Now Molly had the necessary height, but the chair ended up too far from the mantle.

Realizing she needed height and proximity, she dragged the chair away and returned with her mother’s step stool. She placed it on the hearth, where it wobbled but remained in place. As she made a move to climb the step stool, this grandma did not wait for the inevitable crash.

“Do you want some help?” I removed the step stool from the fireplace.

“I need the crayons. Can you get them?”

“Why don’t I lift you up and you get them?”

She raised her arms to be picked up.

I could’ve just reached up, retrieved the crayon box, and handed it to her, but holding Molly close and letting her accomplish the goal was far more satisfying. There’s nothing like a hug from your grandchild!

Aren’t we like that with our heavenly Father?

We have goals. Good ones. We’re sure we can do it, but then circumstances stymy our progress. The task is more difficult than we thought. We try one tactic after another and continue to fail. At some point, we either ask God for help, or He steps in and offers.

May I always be like my granddaughter who gladly accepted assistance. I can’t reach the ultimate prize by myself. Jesus has made me His own and will help me as I press on for the prize of eternity with Him (Phil. 3:12).

About Linda Sammaritan

For years, Linda Sammaritan tried to be perfect wife, perfect mother, perfect teacher and crammed so many activities into her days that twenty-four hours couldn’t possibly hold them all – perfectly. She now lives by the motto, “relentlessly eliminate hurry.” Newly retired, Linda keeps the freezer packed with homemade take-out meals for her full- time working husband when she travels to visit children, grandchildren, siblings, and Mom. Read more about her faith and writings at


  1. Laurie Driesen says:

    Love this Linda! I love the comparison of God lifting us so that that can do what we need to do. I’m there right now….

  2. I’m so glad when God inspires a post that touches someone else’s heart. And isn’t it so much easier when we let Him lift us up?

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