Nothing Kept That Boy Down! - A Dose of Encouragement

He was nearly 5 years old and loved going out on his bike.

Just in our little cul-de-sac with very few cars and of course he always stayed on the footpath.

Then there was the day that he didn't stay on the footpath and our little dare devil decided to go round the corner at the end of the cul de sac where a pile of sand was lying and he toppled his bike.

He wasn't on his own, his older brother was there on his bike and a couple of friends so they came running home with Daniel and the blood pouring from his top lip.

He had split his lip and needed to go to the hospital (which fortunately was only 5 mins drive away).

Okay I was rather sad that he was probably going to have a little scar above his lip but it didn't seem to bother Daniel at all.

He was quite used to falls and bumps and cuts and scrapes from he was very young and we have always laughed at the fact that even though we wanted to get a family picture taken when he was a year old we couldn't manage to get a time when his face didn't show some marks until he was almost two.

I often thought that people would look at him and then at me and say to themselves

What kind of a mother is she?   

Here he is at 3 years old in the spring and then in the summer.

But he didn't let any of those bumps and falls stop him doing anything he wanted to and with as much vigor and speed as possible.

Nothing kept that boy down.

This pic the following year shows how he just could not get on that slide quick enough.

Well  he healed reasonably well from that split lip not helped by the fact that this boy was an avid eater and also wanted those steri-strips off as soon as possible.

It was only a few weeks later on a Sunday afternoon just as we finished Sunday lunch that one of his friends arrived at the back door and Daniel was asking to go out to play in that cul-de-sac again.

He had not been outside much since the fall and we said ok but not on your bike and be careful.

We had a step,

                     just one step at the back door,

                                                   but that was all it took.  

That one step where he tripped in his eagerness to get out to play and split the lip yet again.

This time the cut was at the opposite angle to the last one so in the end two crossing scars featured above that lip.

Here he is starting P1 at school just 2 weeks before his 5th birthday.

This time of course I was more worried but not Daniel.

Nothing kept that boy down.

As soon as it healed he was back to his normal self; going everywhere and doing everything at double the speed of everyone else.

He was full of energy and enthusiasm.

He bounced back!

Ready to do anything that was adventurous and full of fun.

The following years had him playing and racing with older kids and wanting to win at all costs.

As he grew to be a teenager and then into his twenties he has never been the one to let something stop him trying things out and being actively involved in sports and music and church work and friendships.

As for the bumps and cuts and scrapes they may have turned into other setbacks and hurts through the years but still

He is full of energy and enthusiasm.

He has always bounced back!

I look at Daniel and wonder why we can not all be like that.

Why do we not bounce back?

Why are we not full of energy and enthusiasm?

Some days the smallest of things can just knock us down and we don't bounce back or at least not for quite some time.

Sometime maybe you were so hurt by something you just can not let yourself be in the position to be hurt like that again.

Sometime maybe you have failed at something and decided that it was best not to try again.

Sometime maybe you have listened to the wrong words said by someone who just ended up deflating your spirit completely and you have never been able to get free of that feeling of worthlessness.

Sometime maybe you have been misunderstood and you have suffered from that and you don't want to be in a similar position again so you don't open up with people anymore.

It's time for us to be more like Daniel and the Bible Character he was named after.

We are not worthless or failures in God's eyes.

It's time to do what God wants us to do

                  and not to fear rejection,

                                    or attitudes of others

                                                      or decide we don't have the energy to fight a cause.

If God tells us to do something or has given us the ability to do something then we need to be obedient and put all our effort and enthusiasm into the task whether it is great or small.


Let's believe His Word.

That's the energy and enthusiasm that God will give us if we trust and ask Him.

I am so thankful that we are not worthless or failures in God's eyes.

So let's bounce back from the things of the past.

Let's be able to say

Nothing kept me down.


  1. Oh how I wish I was as resilient as the children! Great encouragement today!

  2. What a beautiful story of courage and motivation. Hope we'll be as resilient and persistent as he is.

  3. Hi, Sandra

    This is a great post and very encouraging.

  4. I think it's because we are older and slower to heal, plus we have to take care of everyone, so we don't get the rest we need. Nice message. I am visiting from the Weekend blog hop

  5. Anonymous16:28

    Yes, I wish I kept faith in my God and jumped back up each time!

  6. Fortunately it was my knees and elbows that got skinned when I was a child. Yes, it is good be a person who keeps going even in the face of adversity. Thank you for sharing your lovely post with us here at “Tell Me a Story.”

  7. Awesome Message! We all need to live by :nothing could keep us Down. I found you through a link up and thnk your post could get some more traffic from another one.

  8. I totally agree! God teaches us so much through the observance of our children.

  9. What a beautiful post, and tribute to your son with those powerful words at the end. I was completely absorbed. Thanks for linking to #AllAboutYou

  10. Powerful message ! We all grow up and lose that wonder of being a child who gets over things quickly. That's why Jesus said the only ones fit for the Kingdom would be those who were like little children. Your story is a great example and I pray that for myself today !

  11. Resiliency is so important yet difficult at the same time. Very glad God is the one who helps us bounce back each time, stronger than before!

  12. Anonymous02:36

    Wonderful that he's so resilient!

  13. Terrific Psalm to go with your great post♪

  14. I love your encouraging post! I'm in a season of BELIEVING God. Not just believing IN God. So thankful He has plans for even a mess like me! Thanks for sharing!

  15. Daniel sounds like my son, he was full of energy and always had a bump or two.

  16. Solid words, Sandra. I think, too, that Daniel had you and your husband, and probably other supporting adults, giving him unconditional support and love that fed him with God's confidence and joy to keep going.
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