Have you ever lost your footing and stumbled, perhaps even fallen down? I don’t know about you, but I have. More often than not, I do my best to “laugh it off” but my pride hurts more than anything. How about actually “falling short” of something? Is this the same? Perhaps, I don’t really know, it’s all in how one defines it.

Merriam Webster online defines the following:

  • Fallen: to drop oneself to a lower position; fell to his knees
  • Failure: a falling short; deficiency
  • Success: favorable or desired outcome

You’re probably wondering how all of these words fit together right now. Well, earlier this week I fell short of a goal. At first I was a bit bummed and disappointed; like I had failed to do something. Then I took a breath, remembered how “WE” got this (God and I and all our resources) and decided that it’s not about falling short, but rather it is about what happens next. In the words of Winston S. Churchill, “Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.”

Sure, having to reevaluate the steps and the process it will take to achieve a goal may be an inconvenience. However, it is not the worst thing that could happen. I also know that I am not the first, nor will I be the last to fall short at something. God’s grace and mercy sees that we, you and I, can get back up and continue on. For all things are part of God’s plan, even if we don’t understand them in the moment.

Whatever you may have fallen short on, know that as you and I continue to put one foot in front of the other, we are given these words:

The LORD directs the steps of the godly. He delights in every detail of their lives. Though they stumble, they will never fall, for the LORD holds them by the hand. (Psalm 37:23-24 NLT)

The LORD helps the fallen and lifts those bent beneath their loads (Psalm 145:14 NLT)

I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. (Philippians 4:13 NKJV)

Dear God, Thank you for being there when we fall short of things. Please help us to continue to remember that we are not alone, that we have you and the angels you give us, both here on earth and in heaven. Lord, please help us to sit in prayer with you even when we may not know what to ask for; feeling comfort in knowing that you know what is in our hearts. Thank you for your unconditional love and grace. In your name we pray. Amen.

April Schauer

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