When I was a young preacher, one of my heroes was Vance Havner. I would like to share a word from his book, Thoughts Along the Way.
A man asked a little boy, “How did you learn to skate so well?” “By gittin’ up every time I fell down,” he replied. Moses swelled up once and said, “This is me,” and he fell; Elijah could lock up the clouds and carry the keys in his pocket, but he got scared at a woman and ran as fast as his legs could carry him to the tall timber. Peter said, “I’ll be the last man to deny you, Jesus,” but before a rooster could crow twice he was cussing and swearing that he never knew Him.
The man who fails is not the man who falls, but the man who lies where he fell.
To everyone in recovery – should you ever relapse, my encouragement is to get back up! Refuse to lie where you fell! Through a relationship with Jesus Christ, you have all the strength needed to arise and walk with Him.
“Christ Jesus who died…is at the right hand of God and is also interceding for us. Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword…No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us.”—Romans 8:34-37