Getting Back Up
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Raise your hand if you’ve ever fallen down. Or been pushed down? “Fallen off the wagon”? Just generally failed at something? Oh good, it’s not just me. Regardless of how we have fallen or what we failed at, I want to zero in on that moment when we’ve realized that we’re down and must decide what to do next.
“I’ve fallen and I can’t get up.”
If you don’t remember the old commercials with a fallen elderly woman calling Life Alert, you’ve got to at least recognize this phrase as a campy comedic punchline. Whether it’s a home-alone grandma or an accident prone Steve Urkel, this is a cry for help.
The obvious spiritual lesson is as dated as the phrase. We all fall down and none of us are able to get up on our own strength. Now, while that is all good and true, I want to focus on a key action; the fact that the fallen CALL FOR HELP. The decision to take that action and call is huge.
“The righteous cry out, and the LORD hears them;
he delivers them from all their troubles.”
The Barrier to Act
Recently I re-certified my First Aid/CPR. They always remind us that calling 911 as soon as possible is critical. Not just for the survival of the injured person(s) but also for the significance to you, the person providing aid. Why?
By calling for help you’ve overcome the barrier to act.
We humans have this natural fight/flight/freeze response that is just oh so fun. Even if we’re the ones in trouble and we could help ourselves, we can still struggle to overcome the barrier to act on our own behalf. Asking for help, even if we’re not sure anyone is there to hear us call out, can be the key to overcoming that barrier.
Once we’ve acted and called for help, things are set into motion. By crying out to God, we’re inviting Him to act on our behalf, to help us get up. We will constantly fall, fail, and find ourselves in need because we are not perfect. However, as Christians, we know we can always call on Jesus to help us rise again.
Proverbs 24:16 …for though the righteous fall seven times, they rise again, but the wicked stumble when calamity strikes.
What separates the righteous from the wicked? It’s not that the righteous NEVER fall, it’s that by God’s grace we get back up!
This is what happens when a runner LITERALLY falls in a heated race…and instead of just lying there, she acts. She gets up and runs again. The outcome is insane.
Is that not beautiful?
Remember Heather Dorniden’s race when you find yourself flat on your face, reeling from shock and and frustration. Don’t just lay there and let guilt, shame, fear or failure paralyze you. Overcome that barrier to act by calling on God for help. Rise again and run!
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