Why it doesn't matter if you fall...

You are going to fall.

It's just a matter of time.

And everything you do now is preparing you for how you respond. Will you be falling into God's grace? Or into your own floundering ego?

You are called to greatness.

And it's just a matter of time before you stumble on the way. 

Every time you fall, remember that you can't be great unless you know you can't get there on your own. You can't be truly strong until you know that you are weak. Or truly confident unless you know that you aren't the source of Truth. 

It isn't the fall that ultimately matters... but how you rise up.

I fell hard recently. I was carrying my toddler in my arms on my way to change her sagging diaper. I was talking to her as I went quickly up the stairs and showering her pretty head with kisses.

And I fell. 

I tried hard to hold her but I couldn't do it. I knew that her head was going to hit and there was not a thing I could do about it as we tumbled. Her bruise is healing and my arm is hurting and life goes on, with me a little more banged up than I was before and she with a new fear of falling.

It was not sinful for me to drop her but it was careless. A fault of mine. A false confidence that I could multi-task with my attention and still navigate the stairs. Apparently, I'm not that good. And that is how it is day in and day out, this constant battling with my own faults and sins. Falling and wounding and getting up again.

The temptation is to draw back... to take fewer risks in expectation of the fall. A fear of losing the love of others by our constant stumbling. A fear of coming face to face with our own sinfulness. But truly great people don't get there by spending all their time avoiding falls. They become great because they allow their character to be formed to God's will. They keep their eyes on Him alone...

.... and they let Him raise them up.

At the beginning of 2016, I wanted to join the momentum of the New Year's energy and choose a new word for the year. But as I prayed and read, I knew that I wasn't yet ready to move on from last year. So my focus for this year continues to be... RISE.

"{The disciples} fell prostrate and were very much afraid. But Jesus came and touched them, saying, Rise, and do not be afraid. And when the disciples raised their eyes, they saw no one else but Jesus alone." {Matthew 17}

I expect to fall.

And it doesn't matter.

My confidence is in Jesus alone. I rely on His grace and mercy. Thanks be to God!

{The bracelet in the top photo is available for purchase HERE}

Posted on February 2, 2016 and filed under Womanhood, Spiritual Life, Faith.