Get Back Up!
INTRODUCTION: Earlier this week, Dr. Orman Norwood forwarded a video clip to me. It was about Nick Vujicic, a man with no arms and legs. In the film, Nick spoke to a crowd of young people about the importance of getting back up when you fall down. In order to demonstrate his point, Nick slowly lowered himself to the floor and then, with some labor, got back up on his torso. Then he said, "It's not how many times you fall that is important, it is how you finish."
Here is a man with no arms and legs, demonstrating how, even a person with his disabilities, can get back up after having fallen down. Nick presents to us an inspirational challenge on how God wants us to succeed in life. We are not to be people who fall by the wayside or fail to get up when we are knocked down. As God's people, and with God's help, we get back up and get back in the race. The writer of Hebrews had this to say: "Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us,  Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.  For consider him that endured such contradiction of sinners against himself, lest ye be wearied and faint in your minds" (Hebrews 12:1-3).
Nick Vujicic was saying that when we fail in life, when something or someone has brought us to our lowest point, we need to get back up; we keep trying until we succeed. Remember what he said? "What matters is how you are going to finish."
Maybe, today, you feel like to don't have the strength to finish. You have fallen in some area of your life, and you feel defeated. Remember our opening verse: "For a just man falleth seven times, and riseth up again."
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