Overcoming the obstacles that keep you from climbing

Children Racing - overcoming obstacles

She simply tried harder

Excerpt from In Search of Higher Ground – Chapter 2

Whatever your dream or goal is, whatever the road you want to climb, you can be assured there will be opposition.  I heard an inspiring story of a 10-year-old girl named Sarah.  Sarah  was  born  with  a  muscle  missing  in  her  foot.   This unfortunate tragedy caused her to continually be in a brace.  She arrived home one day from her elementary school and told her Dad that she had competed in “Field Day,” a day designed with a variety of competitive events for the kids.  Because  of  her  leg  support,  the  father’s  mind  raced  as he tried to think of some encouraging words to give to his daughter.  Thinking, that with her brace, she probably did not do so well in the competitions.  But before he could get out a word, the daughter said, “Daddy, I won two of  the races!”  The dad couldn’t believe it.  The daughter went on  to  say,  “But  daddy,  I  had  an  advantage.”   The  father thought to himself that the teachers must have given her a  head start because of her brace.  Before he could say anything, the little girl blurted out, “My advantage was that I  had to try harder.”

That  little  10-year-old  girl  figured  out  something  that thousands  of  people  are  still  struggling  with  daily.   She knew that she had obstacles and circumstances that made  her  situation  different.    But  instead of quitting or making  excuses for herself, she simply tried harder.  Each one of us  has  our  own  set  of  circumstances,  obstacles,  and  oppositions.   They  stand  there  like  a  schoolyard  bully  taunting  our dreams and keeping us from moving forward…

As you make your decision to search for Higher Ground, you will run into a variety of obstacles ranging from fear to insecurity to overwhelming circumstances.  However, if you will choose to exchange the lies for the truth and begin to build up your confidence, it will not matter what you face as you climb the mountain to your dreams.  Your momentum will be so strong that any obstacle will seem like a small bump in your personal path of success.

Until next time,

Chris Sonksen


Stand up to your obstacles and do something about them. You will find that they haven’t half the strength you think they have.

– Norman Vincent Peale

David McCarty

I am interested in your audio teaching ““Seven Choices That Will Change Your Life”

Where can I find it?



About Chris Sonksen

Chris Sonksen is the founder and Lead Pastor of South Hills Church and has an exceptional ability to inspire both secular and non-secular audiences. Under his leadership, South Hills has experienced phenomenal growth and in just a few short years has grown from a handful of people to nearly 3000 in attendance today. Today South Hills has become a thriving, multi-service and multi-site church. Chris has a magnetic, captivating and humorous style for motivating and inspiring all audiences. As a motivational speaker, he has spoken both nationally and internationally in companies such as Verizon, Securitas and Home Depot, and there is no doubt that by applying his teachings, his audience will improve the quality of their lives! Chris is the author of two books In Search of Higher Ground and Handshake. Chris is the founder of Celera Church Strategy Group an organization with an unwavering commitment to excellence in all things, with the goal to “raise the national average of church attendance,” by equipping church leaders with resources and coaching. Chris brings high-energy focus and a passion for vision and leadership to encourage and equip the local Church. Chris is a native Californian, born in Long Beach and currently resides in Corona with his wife, Laura and their two children, Grace and Aidan.

Posted on February 16, 2010, in choices, Habits, Leadership, Personal Growth and tagged , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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