It’s Not the Fall That Hurts
And it’s not the sudden stop either
For we are made partakers of Christ, if we hold the beginning of our confidence steadfast unto the end; Hebrews 3:14
The saying goes, “It’s not the fall that hurts, it’s the sudden stop.” But, it occurred to me this morning it’s not the sudden stop that hurts us the worst either, it’s when we don’t have the will to get back up that the true damage is done.
I saw a quote from a well-known political columnist who has suffered a catastrophic “fall”, which rendered him a quadriplegic. He states, “…the catastrophe that awaits everyone from a single false move, wrong turn, fatal encounter. Every life has such a moment. What distinguishes us is whether — and how — we ever come back.”
I was fortunate to have been raised by and around people who don’t believe in giving up or quitting. My upbringing was based on the concept of if at first you don’t succeed, try, try again. I credit all those who instilled this attitude of perseverance in me for any and all successes I’ve achieved in my life.
Satan and the world will do their best to discourage us—especially when it comes to pursuing a godly life—and if we give up because of the troubles they present, we will surely fail, or at the least be delayed with regard to achieving our dreams and goals.
If you get knocked down, get up, dust yourself off, and try, try again.