The Slip and Slide

This Memorial Day we had some friends over for a BBQ.  After dinner, my friend and I went to Wal-Mart to pick up a Slip and Slide.  I remember my days as a kid on a slip and slide, no childhood is complete unless you have had one.  We brought it home and set it up for the kids to have fun.

I was amazed as I watched these kids go time after time.  Slip, Slide, start over.  Slip, slide, start over.  Josh, our 14 year old had a great time and I had a great time watching him.  The fact of the slip and slide is that the bigger you are the harder it is on the body.  Josh is 5’10” and 200 plus pounds.  It was hard for him to slip, slide and start over so much, but he did anyway.

As I was watching these kids slide down this water toy, I couldn’t help but think of how this is alot like our Christian life.  Slip, slide and start over.  We often fail, falter and disappoint God.  We have things that we trip over in life and things that we struggle with.  For the child of God there are times when we slip and slide but do not feel like starting over.  The tendency is to walk through shame and believe that if we slip and slide there is no starting over.  With God, however, He wants us to come to Him after we slip and He gives us a brand-new start. 

A slip and slide is used in such a way that you always slip and fall forward.  In our spiritual lives that is the way it ought to be.  As Maxwell said, “We must fail forward.”   Proverbs 24:16, “For a righteous man may fall seven times And rise again…”  Remember, if you fall keep getting up and try again.  Strive to keep getting up until you don’t fall anymore.

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