Have you ever been in a situation where people were depending on you and you really let them down?
I have — many times.
On November 30th, 2013, Alabama Crimson Tide kicker, Cade Foster, was there as well. In a very important game, Foster missed two field goals and had a third attempt blocked. Coach Saban pulled him off the field and called in his replacement. Alabama eventually lost the now-storied game against Auburn when a missed 57-yard field goal attempt landed in the arms of Chris Davis who took it 109 yards for a Tigers touchdown.
Imagine yourself in Cade’s shoes for a moment as he walks back to the locker room. Such an experience would have been a real downer. Add to that, the dozens of angry fans who sent hateful tweets and death threats to Foster. Anyone would have been understandably discouraged.
However, a few days after the game, former President George W. Bush sent Cade Foster the following note.
In case you can’t make out all the words, I’ve typed it below.
Dec 3, 2013
Dear Cade (#43),
Life has its setbacks. I know!
However, you will be a stronger human with time.
I wish you all the best.
Here’s two reasons why this is simply awesome:
First, imagine how you would feel if you received such words of encouragement from someone who didn’t even have to give them to you? We ought to follow this example and empathize with others: think about how someone else may be feeling today. Go out of your way to give them an encouraging word. 1 Thessalonians 5:11 says, “Therefore encourage one another and build each other up…”
Second, don’t get discouraged by setbacks and failures. Learn from them, pick yourself up, and move on. The more hits you take in the arena of life, the stronger you’ll get. If you keep trying and learn from your failures, one day, you’ll come out on top.