Saturday, Jan. 14
As I’ve gotten older, my body seems to be more inclined to fall. I have actually fallen two or three times and was glad no one was watching. I really get embarrassed by this and wonder how I can be so stupid. I don’t need someone to tell me that I need to find out why it happened. I just determine to avoid the thing that got me into trouble. I just ran across an appropriate adage: “Do not look where you fell, but where you slipped.” (unknown author) The fault is not found at the landing spot; it’s found where you slipped. Any failure has a cause. We may not always be able to determine the cause, but be assured, there is one. In terms of literally falling, it might be ice or snow or mud, or a protruding rock. It might be because of poor eyesight or walking in the dark. For the other kind of slipping, there also is a variety of culprits—or “excuses”—misled by a “friend,” being overly tired or ill, or perhaps something seen or read. It might be a long standing habit that you can’t break. But the root cause will always be the sin nature that we we’re born with. Falling is inevitable. We might avoid the big ones—murder, rape, adultery—but we will fail in smaller ways every day. God has made provision for this. The first thing to deal with is recovery. We don’t just lie there, we get up. Restoration for any moral lapse is to acknowledge it, confess it, and look to God for forgiveness. (1 John 1:9) God is ready to respond to our S.O.S. call at all times. The second thing is to learn by it. As the adage suggests, find the cause and take steps to avoid further failures. God is quite capable of finding solutions. Minimizing or ignoring failures will not solve them. If my attitude is “It’s not that big of a deal” or “Every one is doing it” or “That’s just the way I am,” I won’t change. Setting that kind of a pattern is the same as saying “I don’t need to become more like Christ.” It also means that I don’t really care about the lost. A Christ like character is what draws people to God. My life style is extremely important. God does want to change me.