"Though a righteous man falls seven times, he rises again." Proverbs 24:16
I was paying glowing tribute about a prominent woman that my wife and I had a personal encounter with recently when the person I was talking to suddenly mentioned of how someone else had had a very bitter experience with this same woman I was eulogizing. I thank God that before I could jump into any conclusions, I asked the wisest question. "When did this person say he had the bad experience with this woman?" The answer assuaged my fears because this person was talking about the experience that he had with this woman at a time in her past when she herself acknowledges that she had backslidden. Recently I was told that the notorious Ghanaian criminal Ataa Ayi had reformed
and was professing his faith in Christ.
People do change.
We should never be so confident to write off everyone because of what we see now. From Proverbs 22:15 we learn that foolishness is part of youth. When a foolish person is acting as such in his or her youth, we need to be careful of projecting that as their end.
OBAMA; and I mean the brand Obama has inspired and continues to inspire many with his charismatic personality. Within his psyche is the word HOPE...rendered “Yes, we can!” He takes HOPE to an audacious altitude unmatched in recent history.
O Yes! Obama is a Yes-I-can! However his growing-up years typifies a No-I-give-in! Obama has actually written and talked about using alcohol, marijuana and cocaine during his teenage years to "push questions of who I was out of my mind". At the civil forum on the presidency in 2008, Obama identified his high-school drug use as his "greatest moral failure".
When many people ask me about whether God has grown tired of them or not because of their persistent failure in a wrong behaviour, I tell them that the fact that they feel convicted of what they are doing as sin is itself a sure fact that God loves them and desires your repentance for a continued relationship. The devil will never convict you. Remember that it is not how many times you fall but how committed you are to getting back when you fall. In his book, Peak Performers, Dr. Charles Garfield describes how the astronauts keep their spacecraft on course.
"On their flights between earth and the moon, it was said, the Apollo ships were off course much of the time. In each instance, the spacecraft would wander off its path and the crew would correct—wander off and correct, again and again. And do you know what? It didn't matter. What mattered were the results. They got to the moon. They got home. They did it by having the discipline and knowledge to get themselves back on course. They followed not a perfect path, but a critical path."
Richard (Dick) Innes writes “whether we're shooting for the moon, seeking to achieve a better personal or family life, or seeking to obey and serve God, whatever our goals, the principle is the same. There are always unpredictable and unexpected events that call for change and adjustment. Although the astronauts had to be precise in their calculations, they still allowed for mistakes and corrections. The person who doesn't allow for such adjustments will probably not reach his or her goals.” As Garfield said, the critical path is the way to reach any target. For the Christian, our goal is to obey and serve God and to go on to maturity.
When we fall, however, the important thing is to get up, correct our course and go on. This is the critical path for us. We will stumble at times, make mistakes, fail, and hit many a bump in the road.The bumps are what we climb on!
K. K. Baidoo [firstname.lastname@example.org]