I was reminiscing the other day about the how, why and worth of the many scars on this now old carcass, and realized the truth of a saying I read some time ago by author and screen writer Aaron Sorkin:
“You're going to fall down, but the world doesn't care how many times you fall down, as long as it's one fewer than the number of times you get back up."
Most of us, if we are wise, attempt to live a “free from falling” life, a life that is excellent in every sense of the word. As far as I can tell, and I know where a lot of bones are buried, only one person has succeeded in this goal. He not only succeeded, but He put His perfect life on the cross for those of us who are, by our very nature, fallen creatures, as was our progenitor, Adam.
You would think that once we are picked up from death by Jesus and translated into His kingdom of life, we will have a party down the rest of the road. If this were so then most of the verses in the scripture about forgiveness, restoration, and acceptance wouldn’t be necessary, but merely quaint sayings for wall plaques.
Yet these solutions are all through the Bible and we know from this that God wants us to get over arrogance when a sin creeps into our life, or even when we jump into sin shouting “wheeee” He still loves, cares for and chastens us as His children and encourages us to mount up with wings as an eagle and fly on for His glory.
The idea behind Aaron’s saying in simple and observable, if you fall and get up, your continued service in the name of Christ is of more value than the cost of your fall. I doubt that Aaron had the work of Christ in mind when he wrote his line, but the principle is there. As in Edison’s famous failures with the light bulb, his successful invention was of more value than the cost of his failures. This principle is observable in the “world” and in Christian life.
Suffered a fall? Accept the extended helping hand of Jesus, get up and get going, knowing that your labor is not in vain in Christ. This principle is called “increasing the value of your service.” This is accomplished by trusting the Lord and getting rid of any half-hearted effort and truly serving with new intensity.
Peter failed Jesus miserably in Pilates Hall, yet Jesus dealt with him over breakfast, taught him a great love lesson and look at Peter after he got up!! John 21.
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