What Will You Do When You Get Back Up?

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The rock loomed above our heads. We all came with one purpose: to climb that rock face. Most of us knew what the outcome would be: we would fall. 

Yet still we didn’t hesitate. With the words “belay on” and “climbing,” each of us began inching forward, finding one toe and finger hold at a time. Eventually, our strength gave way and we’d end up dangling at the end of the rope, eager for another chance to climb.

It didn’t matter that we wouldn’t make it, what mattered was that we didn’t give up. We were willing to get up and try again. 

10 29 2011 120202 AMRachel spent years learning to walk, graduating from inching along a couch, to walking behind a push cart, to using a cane. Each time she stood, she knew she’d fall, but she continued to get up and try again. 

You and I cannot climb the wall of life without falling. We cannot walk our journey without stumbling. It is inevitable.

The important thing, is that when we do fall (not if), we get back up and try again.

We have the strength of the Lord to catch us when we slip off the wall. We have His arms, strong enough to lift us out of any hole we may fall into. 

Falling isn’t an option. The choice is what will you do when you get back up?  

“A man’s steps are established by the Lord, and He takes pleasure in his way. Though he falls, he will not be overwhelmed, because the Lord holds his hand” (Psalm 37:23–24).

Question: What do you do after stumbling? Do you turn and walk away or do you ask for strength and wisdom to do it again? 

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  1. Amy on June 7, 2013 at 11:23 am

    I love this. It really is not about the falling but rather about the getting up and moving on, isn’t it.

    • Julie Sunne on June 7, 2013 at 4:35 pm

      Absolutely, Amy! Often we get so caught up in trying not to fall, we fail to think and pray about what moving on will look like.

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Julie Sunne

Hello, I'm Julie, an imperfect wife and mother of four. Life in this broken world is not always easy. Yet, joy can be found in each day through the grace and mercy of the Lord Jesus Christ.

I find it's easy for our day's blessings to get lost in its happenings. But God's "mercies never end" (Lamentations 3:22) and His "grace is sufficient" (2 Corinthians 12:9).

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