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I loved watching my girls learn to walk. They’d toddle forward, stop and weave like a drunken sailor, then fall right on their well-padded behinds. Sometimes they’d cry from the shock of falling, but then they’d stand back up and take off again. Something inside them drove them to keep trying until they got it right. They felt no fear of falling or embarrassment when they fell, just the urge to get up and keep going.
I hate falling. I do. I am a closet perfectionist, although probably not closeted as much as I think I am. I don’t like being “not good” at anything. If I do it, I want to do it spectacularly, every time. And if I fall, well, it’s embarrassing. A hard physical fall is bad enough, but I’m quite good at laughing at myself and I think I could recover from that well enough.
But a person can have a spiritual fall. We believers stumble and fall all the time but people don’t always see us do it. We can be walking around smiling and happy like nothing is wrong while inside we’re nursing scrapes and bruises that no bandages can cover. There’s only one way to get over a spiritual fall and that’s to get back up and keep walking. Start again. Ask forgiveness. Pray. There are no perfect people and the sooner we believe that and stop trying to look and act like we’re perfect, the more we realize we need His grace to get through this life. I’m going to do wrong things and I’m going to sin, and while that’s not an excuse to live a sloppy spiritual life, it’s just a fact of life that I’m going to fall and I’m going to need His grace to get back up on my feet again.