The second life lesson I want to teach my son as he plays his first season of football is: Never give up on a good goal. Perseverance is essential to accomplishing anything good in life.
Difficult times will come. Boring times will occur. In either case, a man of character perseveres to accomplish his goals.
In football, you will be asked to do hard things; you will repeat the same things over and over and over in practice until you get bored. But in facing such challenges, you will learn that physical toughness is no match for mental toughness. The slower and weaker player with mental toughness will win over the faster and stronger player who gives up when he faces adversity. Perseverance will be the critical factor in victory.
In life, you will also be asked to do hard things; you will also repeat the sames things over and over and over until you are bored. But in doing so, you will keep a job, preserve a marriage, and lead your children to become more than they could imagine. Mental toughness is essential to accomplishing good things in the important areas of your life.
As the Bible teaches, "Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance. Perseverance must finish its work so that you may mature and complete, not lacking anything" (James 1:2-4).