I stood firm and resolute, nothing was going to cause me to waver    –

this time.

My eyes burned with conviction as I challenged my friend to join me.

We can do this! I know we can.

I recounted in my mind all of the other obstacles I had overcome in my life. This time the reward far outweighed the cost!

All we had to do was walk this this fine, straight line. The imaginary “tightrope” of integrity and morality.

A generation of young women looked on, cheering for success, yet fearing we would fall.

I’ve made it this far, there was no turning back now. I found my stride, I held myself steady with conviction.

A wobble of fear hits me and reminds me of the times that I did fall. Tears well up in my eyes.

A line begins to form behind me, “If she can do it, maybe I can too.” was heard throughout the crowd.

The rope grew stronger and more stable beneath my feet.

Then my gaze fell to those below who had given up or never even dared to try. I wobbled again. I quickly set my gaze straight ahead.

What was I thinking? I had almost fallen straight into judgmental-ism!

I continued to walk, encouraging others to join my friend and I. How we had prayed for someone to model the way for us.

I knew others had succeeded, Mother Theresa and Corrie Ten Boom, and many like them.

Was it really possible to succeed in this day and time? Could we actually make a difference to this generation of young women?

I began to hear cheers from behind as the line grew longer and the cord strengthened more!

I knew it was possible! And I knew we weren’t doing it alone!

I don’t count myself in the same category as the great women who have walked this way before me, but my cause is just as important.

Someone needs to lead the way, to encourage the ones who believed there was more to this life.

Every step is not perfectly placed, and I do tend to wobble a little every now and then, but I am proving that you can set your sights high and succeed!

Many young women are attempting the tightrope now!

I am choking back tears as I see hundreds of even younger girls following them!!!

I realize now, it wasn’t about me. I look at my friend, it wasn’t about us

about what we could or could not do.

It was about coming together and being strengthened,

About being an inspiration for ALL those to follow.

( Ecc. 4:9-12 ” Two are better than one, because they have good return for their labor… A cord of three strands is not easily broken.” )

Who strengthens your tightrope?