Falling, Not IF, but WHEN…

“You don’t drown by falling in the water; you drown by staying there” – Edwin Louis Cole

“Our greatest glory is not in never falling but in rising every time we fall” – Confucius

“Failure is not falling down but refusing to get up.” – Chinese Proverbs

“If you have made mistakes, there is always another chance for you. You may have a fresh start any moment you choose, for this thing we call ‘failure’ is not the falling down, but the staying down.” – Mary Pickford (Canadian born American Actress called America’s Sweetheart during the silent-film era. 1893-1979)

Falling down, making mistakes, getting it wrong, missing the mark……we’ve all done it. Thesaurus.com puts it this way:


Definition: to be unsuccessful

Synonyms: abort, back wrong horse, backslide, be defeated, be demoted, be found lacking, be in vain, be ruined, blunder, break down, come to naught, come to nothing, decline, deteriorate, fall, fall flat, fall short, fall through, fizzle, flop, flounder, fold, founder, go astray, go down swinging, go down, go downhill, go up in smoke, go wrong, hit bottom, hit the skids, lose control, lose out, lose status, meet with disaster, miscarry, miss, miss the boat, play into, run aground, slip, turn out badly

OUCH!! Unpleasant as it is to face, we will all experience these things over and over again as we walk the road of life. DOUBLE OUCH. This is not happy news. If left as the final word on it, this is downright bleak, discouraging, and somewhat depressing. What is the point of even trying if we are all doomed to eventual failure?

My dear friend and fellow traveler of life’s road, that is NOT all there is to it. Failure is not the end of the sentence; it is merely a comma.

What you did before and, more importantly, what you do AFTER your failures proves your character and determines your final destination more than anything else. Don’t rely only on the temporary circumstances that you face to determine your ultimate destiny and worth. The only people destined for failure were the ones never born. We can ALL rise above our temporary set backs and be the person we long to be. If you are a follower and lover of Christ, then the reason for this does not rest in our own worth or merit, but in the name of HIM to whom we belong. If you are not a follower of Christ, let me assure you that His love extends to everyone. Don’t let the failures and fears of other people turn you from the One who searches through the whole world until he finds the exact one He loves. He searches for YOU, my friend and He will never give up on you. Don’t you give up on yourself.

May the Lord answer you when you are in distress;
    may the name of the God of Jacob protect you.
May he send you help from the sanctuary
    and grant you support from Zion.
May he remember all your sacrifices
    and accept your burnt offerings.
May he give you the desire of your heart
    and make all your plans succeed.
May we shout for joy over your victory
    and lift up our banners in the name of our God.

May the Lord grant all your requests.

Now this I know:
    The Lord gives victory to his anointed.
He answers him from his heavenly sanctuary
    with the victorious power of his right hand.
Some trust in chariots and some in horses,
    but we trust in the name of the Lord our God.
They are brought to their knees and fall,
    but we rise up and stand firm.
Lord, give victory to the king!
    Answer us when we call!

Psalm 20


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