1491) Keep Trying Until You Get Home

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     No amount of falls will really undo us if we keep picking ourselves up each time.  We shall of course be very muddy and tattered children by the time we reach home.  But the bathrooms are all ready, the towels put out, and the clean clothes are in the airing cupboard.  The only fatal thing is to lose one’s temper and give it up.  It is when we notice the dirt that God is most present in us; it is the very sign of His presence.

The Collected Letters of C.S. Lewis, Volume II


Do not judge me by my successes; judge me by how many times I fell down and got back up again.

–Nelson Mandela

Fall seven times, stand up eight.

–Japanese proverb

Failure is not falling down, it is not getting back up again.

–Mary Pickford

The greatest accomplishment is not in never failing, but in rising again after you fall.

–Vince Lombardi


1 John 3:20  —  If our hearts condemn us, we know that God is greater than our hearts, and he knows everything.

Romans 7:21, 24-25  —  So I find this law at work:  Although I want to do good, evil is right there with me.  For in my inner being I delight in God’s law; but I see another law at work in me, waging war against the law of my mind and making me a prisoner of the law of sin at work within me.  What a wretched man I am!  Who will rescue me from this body that is subject to death?  Thanks be to God, who delivers me through Jesus Christ our Lord!

Acts 3:19  —  Repent, then, and turn to God, so that your sins may be wiped out, that times of refreshing may come from the Lord.

Philippians 3:13-14  —  One thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.


Almighty God, have mercy upon us, forgive us all our sins, and deliver us from all evil; confirm and strengthen us in all goodness, and bring us to life everlasting.  Amen.

Book of Common Prayer, Scotland