Skinned Knees and Muddy Faces (by Len Winneroski)

UnknownThe steps of a man are established by the Lord,
 when he delights in his way; though he fall, he shall not be cast headlong,
for the Lord upholds his hand. – Psalm 37:23-24

I hate making mistakes. The problem is that I make a lot of them. Life would be so much easier if I always knew exactly what to say or do. In science, it’s impossible to learn without making mistakes. Breakthroughs in understanding are made by persevering through failure – lots of it.

Failure is only weakness if you try to hide it or decide to stay on your face in the mud. I have wiped out plenty of times in my life. It’s not fun when your hands and knees are burning and bleeding because the skin has been ripped off them. I have found that when I’m on the ground it is a good time to stay on my knees a little while longer and pray for forgiveness, and the strength and courage to get back up and try again.

I’m not advocating carelessness. It’s foolish to make mistakes on purpose. I’m just saying that if you are afraid to make mistakes and if you constantly take the safe road you may miss out on God’s greatest blessings for your life. There is no yellow brick road. God’s path is much more exciting. God’s path is more like a winding, rocky trail up a mountain in the wilderness.

Life is not easy. I’m glad that it isn’t because I am constantly reminded of my inadequacy and my need for a Savior. God knows that we are not perfect so He loves us perfectly. God knows that we are weak so He is our strength. God knows that we are afraid so He is our courage.

Are your knees skinned up and bleeding right now? Is your face covered with mud from a face plant in a mud puddle? Pray. Admit that you don’t have it all figured out and that you desperately need God’s love and forgiveness and get back up knowing that Christ loves you so much that He died for you. Christ’s love looks past bloody knees and muddy faces. That is why I have entrusted my life to Him.

One thought on “Skinned Knees and Muddy Faces (by Len Winneroski)

  1. Yes, I made a stupid mistake a couple weeks ago, but have been amazed at what I have learned about God and myself that I am not sure I would have learned if I wouldn’t have messed up. God uses it all. I am grateful.

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