Last October around the time of his first birthday, my grandson began to take his first steps. I don't know if there is any child that ever stood up one day and walked perfectly on their very first try. Learning to walk is a very complicated feat for in addition to mastering the movement itself, you must also master balance. Then of course, you must learn how to judge distance, change pace, sidestep objects that are between you and your destination and so forth. On top of all of that, you must learn to do it so naturally that you don't even think about it. You simply do it.
Learning to walk requires a great deal of practice. It also requires a great deal of failure in order for us to learn what to not do as well as what to do. In fact, I would even go so far as to say that failure is essential to truly mastering the art of walking. This is not just true of walking. It is true of so many things in our lives. We learn from our failure as well as our success.
Today you tried to do something. You started out well but then you found yourself floundering. You rushed out angry at yourself as well as embarassed. You look in the mirror, stare at your image and say, "I'm a failure".
The enemy, who is lurking nearby observing all of this with glee, pulls out his handy-dandy list that he always carries with him and clears his throat before he begins to read.
"You're a failure."
"You can't do anything right."
"You'll never amount to anything."
"You're acting like a baby."
"This is so simple. Anyone can do it...except you."
"What's wrong with you?"
"You're an embarassment."
"You should be ashamed of yourself."
The list goes on and on.
You know, the enemy is reading from his list and he is the Father of Lies. It is interesting to note that God never says anything that is on this list.
Can you imagine a good father saying these things to their child who is learning to walk? They don't and God does not say these things to us either. We are learning to walk.
So what does God do? He loves us, He encourages us, He reaches out His hands towards us and when we take a tumble, He does not mock us or scold us. He sets us right once again and encourages us to try again.
Today you feel like you're a failure. The only way you will fail is if you wallow in your failure and refuse to get up and try again. Will you "fall again" the next time you take a step? Perhaps but you will no doubt get a bit further before that happens 'cause you learned something when you took a tumble. Each time you learn it bit more, become more proficient in navigating this thing called life and eventually you will be like my grandson.
After countless falls, he not only walks without help, he runs, jumps and climbs. When he does take a tumble, we joke about how he falls so gracefully. He does and the reason for that is because he not only learned how to walk, he learned how to fall.
Yes, you failed today but tomorrow is another day, a new day. You will try again. Will you succeed tomorrow? I don't know but if you don't, you will try again and again until you do. Take ahold of God's hand, set your eyes on Him and take it step by step.