It’s incredible the amount of patience you must have as a pole vaulter.  You can take 20 or 30 jumps in a practice, and 1 or maybe 2 (especially when you’re a beginner) actually feel good.  But I am realizing each time I take a jump, whether good or bad, I learn something.  Most of the time I learn what NOT to do the next time, but every once in a while I get that “yes!” feeling and try to replicate it in my next jump.  I know now how it feels to do the wrong thing, which in turn makes it easier to figure out what the right thing to do is.  I guess it’s the same in life, each time we make a mistake, we learn what it feels like to fail, but we also learn what NOT to do the next time.  If we are afraid of the failures we won’t have the opportunities to succeed.  It takes time to achieve anything worth while… i think they call it perseverance :).  If you are out there, feeling the failures and worries of life, I pray you are encouraged that through failure comes growth!

Romans 5:4-6
And not only this, but we also exult in our tribulations, knowing that tribulation brings about perseverance; and perseverance, proven character; and proven character, hope; and hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out within our hearts through the Holy Spirit who was given to us.