Just One More


You’ve gotta love it when your eight-year old calls you out…

I’ll admit, I’ve allowed myself to become somewhat undisciplined in the area of exercise. But I’ve had enough, and so I am determined to get back to premium condition.

This morning that meant attempting at least 100 push-ups in sets of twenty-five. Alex was awake and decided to do some with me. I asked him how many push-ups he thought I could do in sets of twenty-five. He told me he thought I could do 125 and so I set out to show him that I could do it.

Called Out

I finished the first set of twenty-five. And as I sat down to rest between sets, he says, “Just think, Daddy, if you would have done just one more, you would have done better than you thought you could.”


Okay, sure, it stung a little. But it also inspired me. I realized that I could do more than I had set in my mind. I recalled that the Navy Seals say that most people quit at about 60% of their potential. And so I determined that I may not be a Navy Seal, but I can at least do what my eight-year old believes I can.

I did thirty push-ups in the next set. Then thirty-five in the next. (Yes, I’m trying to impress you. Ha! But don’t be too impressed, I scaled back down to twenty and then finished with fifteen.)


I’m not typically a guy who always has to push for more… unless it’s dessert. But I was reminded today that I can do more when I need to.

So can you. Don’t give up on your dreams. Don’t quit believing. Don’t stop at the point where you know it’s manageable. You can do one more!

“Anything is possible if a person believes.” (Mark 9:23 NLT)


Author: Allen Chapin

- Christian, husband, dad, friend, leader, author and speaker - Life Purpose = Love & Encourage, Offering Grace & Hope - Life Motto = Living for the applause of nail-scarred hands - Life Verse = Matthew 25:21

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