Learning by Falling: A Guide To Walking by Faith

“We will never learn to walk in faith without falling flat on our face.” – Gareth Gilkeson of Rend Collective

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Like all children who learn to walk, we learn by falling. It takes time but nobody ever yells at a baby for tumbling. So, then why do we expect perfection in ourselves and in others?

I’ve been part of a church plant for three years and we have fallen on our faces a number of times, individually and corporately.

Surprisingly, these failures are a good thing. Falling on our faces strengthens us, teaches us, and humbles us. In the falling we learn to actually trust God, we learn that He will not abandon us, that He will pick us up and set us on the right course. Ultimately, if you don’t walk in faith, you will never get anywhere.

I’m looking forward to the day when I am a marathon runner, finishing the race and keeping the faith (2 Tim 4:7) with scars on my knees and nose to look back on as small signposts of how my faith has deepen and strengthened.

So, let’s look like a fool today. Let’s walk and trip and tumble and get back up again.


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