Dust Yourself off and Try Again

My post, today, is the introduction from my book Dust Yourself off and Try Again. It was self-published in 2009. Soon to be re-printed and made available on an international scale. I hope that you enjoy the content.

One of the earliest lessons that we learn in life is to quickly get up again, each time we fall.  When children fall, parents around the world respond very much the same to their babies’ little mishaps: they immediately pick them up from the ground, dust their little knees and set them on their feet again.

In so doing, they are teaching their children that it is okay to fall but definitely not okay to stay on the ground.  They are teaching little babies to quickly overcome their shame, disappointment, hurt and pain and get on with the business of living, learning and growing.

Soon enough, these little ones learn to shake off their own dust and go back to whatever fun- walking, running, jumping, climbing and so on- they were enjoying before the fall.

This, however, is a lesson for life not just for babyhood.  It is a lesson which should take us through every other trial; over every other hurdle that we face.

Life is a series of challenges.  It is inevitable that we fall sometimes.  At times, we try to run too fast, we step too soon or miscalculate a turn.  Whatever the reasons, we all end up on the ground from time to time- figuratively and literally!

In these times, though, what should we do? When we have fallen- in love with the wrong person; fallen prey, to other’s devises; fallen into sin; fallen from grace; fallen victim to sickness and other misfortunes that may or may not be of our own doing?

How do we, as adults, react to failures?  How do deal with the shame, the hurt, the guilt of our downfalls? How do we do that baby stuff: get right back into the joy of living, instead of burying ourselves in the sand- maybe with a little cry and a little encouragement from others but certainly with all the vigor and sense of purpose as before?

In this book we will explore this issue from a biblical standpoint and show God’s take on the matter!