They say failure isn’t falling down, it’s staying down. There are all kinds of motivational speakers on the circuit giving speeches and writing books on how to overcome the falling down and staying down syndrome’s of life.
With all kinds of euphemisms used like the following to accomplish the not giving up attitude. “Come on boy! Pull up your pants and get on with it!” Infamous words from a D.I. during boot camp. Or no pain no gain! How about, when the going gets tough the tough get going.
Or what Studs Terkel used to say, “Ordinary people are capable of extraordinary things.”
Including these words from a World War 11 general, who knew a lot about falling done and not staying down. And often barked! “Champions are made to overcome adversity,” General G.S. Patton.
But perhaps the best of them all are the words from Helen Keller, who became the first deaf and blind person to earn a Bachelor of Arts degree. Who must have known an awful lot about falling down, and getting up. Who recognized this sterling trait in herself, and passed it on to us. “The world is not only moved by the mighty shoves of the heroes, but by the collective pushes by honest people.”
As good as all the aforementioned are, for me it falls short, and maybe for you too. With some struggles, how many times can one fall down and get up? No real way to know is there? But this is what gets me up and keeps me going because it goes beyond human efforts and determination. It’s the encouragement Moses gave to Joshua, “Be strong and of good courage, do not fear or be afraid of them; for the LORD your God, He is the one who goes with you. He will not leave you nor forsake you,” Deuteronomy 31:6.
For Joshua, it was the taking control of Palestine. A battle for Israel that has seen it’s ups and downs through the centuries. And is today a global epoch of attention. As the Arab/Muslim community promises to return Palestine to its wrongful inhabitants, absent a Jewish presences.
For me, Deuteronomy 31:6, is central because the Islamic world is determined to rearrange the world community after an Islamic image, absent a Jewish/Christian image. That is what all that Arab/Muslim violence all over the world is about. So simple to understand but most have fallen down and just can’t get up. Deciding that coexistence is the solution. The problem is that coexistence for Muslims means to acquiescence to Islam.
But others may know the getting up from other perspectives like Deuteronomy 31:6. It’s just as applicable today in helping you avoid staying down. Several sterling jewels were shared with this discussion from people who knew something about not staying down. But beside Deuteronomy 31:6, we in the church have this jewel to add to our collective ability for not to stay down. Which is a first hand source, and not passed on from some mere mortal like Moses to Joshua. But from Jesus Christ himself, who said, “The things that are impossible with man are possible with God,” Luke 18:27. Jesus must take the lead and we follow. If, and what ever has you down, just get up, and take your coat off, roll your sleeves, and start doing what you either need to be doing or want to do. And let the Word be your leader. You can succeed because as we often sing, “The Bible Told Me So.” Blessed by getting up and getting on with it.
A shared jewel that has served me well. It’s the last thing that I utter to God upon my bed. The first utterance upon getting up and repeated constantly during the day. Which is, “Direct my steps by your word, and let no iniquity have dominion over me,” Psalms 119:133. It’ll serve you well, also. Know this, the Word is Jesus, Revelation 19:13. And the vesture dipped in blood is his body, John 1:1,14.