I should have known from an early age that our daughter was extremely creative. As a baby she would barrel roll across the floor to get from one side of the room to the other. As she started to crawl, she used one knee and one foot. She always had to be different. By the time our second daughter came along we lived in Mexico and frequently had scorpions in the house. We bought her a walker to keep her off of the floor. She raced full speed backwards chasing her sister through our apartment. Number three, had a play disk. She was so strong that she would pull the toys out of the tray and wave them around. Our youngest girl took her first step and first walk simultaneously. We were sitting in the living room floor and she stood up. The next thing I knew she walked across the room to me. It was such a surprise!
I was reminded of this today when I read the following quote from a devotional entitled: 30 Days to Authentic Christian Leadership.
“…the only way to achieve excellence is through repeated failures.” Bill Perkins
Learning to walk is no easy task and yet, it is something that all of us have mastered.
When a baby learns to walk they do it in their own style. Some get their balance quite easily, others take a little longer. But along the way they all fall several times before mastering the skill.
Learning to walk is symbolic of life. Over the years we will no doubt have a few bumped heads and skinned knees, but these little failures are part of the journey to success.
In the Bible, there are several examples of people who at first glance failed but eventually, with the help of God redeemed themselves. Remember Peter, Sampson, Thomas, and King David.
If you are discouraged by the bumps in the road and you are uncertain if you will ever successfully walk you life’s path, just remember Philippians 4:13. “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” (NKJV) And take a lesson from all of God’s people. Learning to walk is always accompanied by a number of falls. So dust yourself off, ask for the Lord’s help and then try again.