Maybe is should seem obvious, but sometimes it’s not. That hope filled glow can be seen on children’s faces and in nature’s majestic artistry. Sometimes we see through eyes that are strained with drudgery, pain and struggles. It’s in those times that we need to be filled with hope. And it is in those times […]
Maybe you can think of a dozen reasons that fear shouldn’t hang out at your house, but I can tell you one great, big, huge, hairy reason it can’t stay at my house. Before I share this 1 reason you can’t let fear stay, let me tell you how I learned that lesson. I […]
Many retailers and manufacturers have adopted a “just in time” mentality in regards to inventory. Instead of stocking inventory, it is ordered and received right when it is needed. God does that. The truth is sometimes, strength arrives “just in time” too! I am a visual thinker. That means I almost always want to know […]
What do you do with a broken heart? No really? What do you do with loss? And grief? Disasters? Heartbreak of all kinds? If you follow my blogs you know that I written several times about strength lately. I haven’t been able to get away from the subject of strength. I am convinced God wants […]
How to live Strong. Live Strong was etched in millions of happy, yellow elastic bands. If you tied it’s message to finding a cure for cancer, you probably still wear yours, but if you tied the mantra to Lance Armstrong it’s doubtful that you do. Lance Armstrong had it right when he published his mantra […]
What do you do when you get hacked? Yes, I know all about being hacked. I have read dozens of articles about what to do when you get hacked. And…well, I can tell you what I did…but I’m not proud of it and I don’t advise it. I quit…simply quit. I didn’t quit on the […]
How do you keep from striking out? While the answer may seem obvious, let’s talk about George Herman Ruth first. He was born in 1895. Some say he learned to play ball at St. Mary’s Reformatory/Orphanage and other stories say he ended up at St. Mary’s because of all the windows he broke playing stickball in […]
key to success… is there really such a thing? Why is it so illusive? And where can you buy it? Maybe those answers depend on how you define success…and what you’re willing to trade for it. God straight out shared the Key to Success with Joshua. So let’s listen over Joshua’s shoulder as God talks […]
Can you succeed? It’s easy to doubt. Doubting is safer and a lot less work, but when your heart is filled with purpose finding a way to succeed is the only route to take. If you’ve ever failed, and actually failure is an important part of succeeding, you can let it stop you or it […]
If you are an adventurer, you start with spreading out your map. (Maybe yours is a digital one?) Then the second step is “Where do I want to go?” What do I want to do? What do I want to see? And finally, what if anything do I want to accomplish? Only after you’ve answered […]
I wanted to slam the door on 2017, but it was like trying to slam a closet door with an avalanche of stuff puffing and oozing out of cracks around and under the door. And like the too full closet, the door could not be shut until it was dealt with! 2017 ended with […]
This fall has been crazy busy, but again and again I found myself standing on the back porch just drinking in the beauty around me. I want the leaves in all their glory to stay put. I want to say to them, “Don’t fall! You’re so beautiful. Below you’ll see a few pictures from my back porch.
As often as we could, but not nearly often as I would like, Wayne and I hiked trails through the woods. One of my favorite trails is along the Swannanoa River that courses through the park and campus at Montreat College. It’s a noisy hike in the fall. Have you ever noticed how loud dry leaves can sound? The rattle of dry leaves flapping on the ends of thin branches in the gentle breeze call for me to stop and watch. Squirrels and even lizards moving in the leaf piles at the foot of tall trees makes them sound much bigger and more threatening than they are. Or the sound of leaves dancing around in a whirl of dizzying wind, a tiny whirl-wind that blows out as quickly as it comes. And the voice of the water as it tumbles over rock piles, gurgling and laughing as the path twists around and over the rippling stream. The peaceful, wonderful and soothing sounds of fall.
I watch the leaves tumble or float, while others whirl and twirl as they leave the tree where they’ve worked since spring. Sometimes the wind catches the leaves, blowing them off the trees until it looks like it is raining leaves.
But if you are an adult, falling isn’t fun. It’s funny to someone else, but it’s not fun. Just a side note, why is it watching people fall down is so hilarious? And I’m not the only person that laughs when someone falls. America’s Funniest Videos (AFV) celebrated 500 episodes and 22 years of laughing at people fall. Which only proves falling is funny, as long as they don’t get hurt and it’s not you!
But far too often falling isn’t funny and people do get hurt. Ask my friend that broke her wrist from a recent fall. Or my neighbor that was holding a ladder for her husband, when he missed a rung on the ladder, he tumbled down, onto his wife. While it was a soft landing for him, it was a broken leg for her. Falling wasn’t funny to either of them.
So my advice—don’t fall!
Are you thinking, “Yeah? And how am I gonna keep from falling?”
So glad you asked! While carefulness and determination are part of surefootedness, you need more. You can get hurt if you fall physically, but you can hurt your testimony and yourself worse if you fall spiritually. By falling, I mean fall into sin, fall into rebellion or depression or even resentment.
Paul offers some powerful God breathed advice on how not to fall.
2 Peter 1:5-10 nlt So make every effort to apply the benefits of these promises to your life. Then your faith will produce a life of moral excellence. A life of moral excellence leads to knowing God better. 6 Knowing God leads to self-control. Self-control leads to patient endurance, and patient endurance leads to godliness. 7 Godliness leads to love for other Christians, and finally you will grow to have genuine love for everyone. 8 The more you grow like this, the more you will become productive and useful in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. 9 But those who fail to develop these virtues are blind or, at least, very shortsighted. They have already forgotten that God has cleansed them from their old life of sin. 10 So, dear brothers and sisters, work hard to prove that you really are among those God has called and chosen. Doing this, you will never stumble or fall away.
If you don’t stand for something, you’ll fall for anything! (Quoted- Source is widely argued.)
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