Proverbs 24:16 “For a just man falleth seven times, and riseth up again: but the wicked shall fall into mischief.”
We all have our heroes. At times, they sit high on our mantle to be idolized and admired. They are the ones who give us courage to try. They are the ones that make the seemingly ‘impossible’ possible. We emulate them. Often, our days are largely affected by how our heroes perform.
And then the inevitable happens – humanity steps in and reveals her ugly head. The crown is tilted; the armour tarnished and they fall from our pedestal. In the wake of social media, everyone is given a voice – unfiltered and unchecked for truth or morality. Criticism in it’s most raw form is instantly put out for all to see and read. Some goad others into participating in their folly and a very private matter becomes instantly public.
Words such as propriety and integrity are rarely employed and taking the high road is seen as withdrawal. But our heroes take chance with every word typed and spoken. As a saved, born-again bible believer, I truly take to heart the fact that I represent Someone far greater than myself. When I speak or write as I do, I represent My Savior. I am not my own. The price paid for my forgiveness and sonship into the family of God was greater than I could ever imagine.
Ephesians chapter 6 talks of the evil day, but what of the bad day? You know, that day with little sleep, pressures mounting, situation and circumstance seemingly overwhelming our souls and then it happens… We give place to anger. We let fly with all the frustration we’ve held back and unleash a tirade on some unsuspecting one who was the last in a long line of ‘button pushers’ that opened the floodgates.
After the gush of pent-up emotion washes out, there is nothing left but to clean up the mess. In our heroes outburst though, a testimony is tainted, followers lost, fans become so disillusioned, we burn their jersey. And what of our hero? Who is there to help them up? Who is there to affirm that they still matter?
I have learned over the years, that whoever is put on that pedestal is subject to falling. I must have forgiveness in ready for them when they do or I run the risk of such negativity and bitterness overwhelming my soul that I am the one lost – not the one who fell. But I have also learned that there is only One whose steps I can follow:
1 Peter 2:21 “For even hereunto were ye called: because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that ye should follow his steps:”
I can follow the steps of Christ with no worries that He will falter or fall. Man WILL fail us at some point in time. It is a part of our sinful nature. But thank God for forgiveness!
Today, there may be someone who has hurt you; failed you or let you down in some way… Take some time to think on their good qualities; how they have been a blessing or why they are in your life and wash the failure with Christ’s blood of forgiveness. We so deeply want and desire it from others; let it be our practice when they need it from us.