Title: I've learned to stumble better
By Randall Vaughn
"For the LORD corrects those he loves, just as a father corrects a child in whom he delights."(Prov 3:12 NLT)
I have a friend with an inner ear condition that causes him to be unsteady on his feet.
He attends our local Bible study in Birmingham, Alabama, and as we were leaving the meeting one Tuesday evening, he began to "tilt". I immediately reached out to steady him. He did a peculiar little shuffle with his feet, "got his bearings", did not fall, and in his ever-present sharp wit, said, "I don't fall as much now. I've learned to stumble better."
My friend is John Marberry.
John endures dialysis and deals with the inner ear condition. When most would have retired, he organized a chorus of senior adults that travel and entertain. He also works with Senior Applause. He lives his life with courage and enthusiasm when most would have quit long before.
He has learned to "stumble better" in more ways than one!
In John's remark, there is the obvious "message" of refusing to "quit" on hopes, dreams, goals, or life-in-general. But there is another.
I have seen many people - when faced with a spiritual "fall" - give up and quit. They do not "get back up" and continue on their spiritual path and maintain their relationship with God.
If, as little children, we quit trying to walk, just because we fell on our "backsides", no one would be walking!
I do not believe that God sees you any different than you would see your own child when he or she falls down in their attempts to walk.
Would you turn away or be disappointed because they fell the first time? What about the second time? The third time? The fortieth time?
Of course not!
Because they are your children, you love them, and you know that they
will learn by continuing to try, even if they fail from time to time.
God knows that you too have to learn, just like any other child.
Next time, when (not if) you fall (or fail), do not give up. Falling is just part of growing up. Reach out to God and let Him help you get back up to try again. You will go farther and be stronger next time.
G. Randall Vaughn
- In January, 2004, the "One Minute Message" was renamed "Lessons from Life".
"I believe this new name will be more descriptive of this message, and more in keeping with its mission and purpose. I hope you find it to be an encouragement in your life!"
- Randall Vaughn