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 ‘A righteous person may fall … but he gets up again’ Proverbs 24:16 GWT

They think Paganini was the greatest violinist of all time.

A story goes that once, playing a concerto, he snapped a string. The audience were devastated as this meant a waste of their evening.

Not to be defeated, though, Paganini played on, using the three remaining strings. And such was his determination he ended up violently breaking a second string.

The audience accepted that, alas, the night’s showcase was done with.

But Paganini played on, and just as the piece of music was reaching a climax – the violin was reduced to one sole string. Not to be crushed, the maestro played the final bars with one string, before taking a bow and uttering the famous words, ‘Paganini… and one string!’

Everybody gets knocked down in life.

You’ll have your days when your strings are snapping.

The question is, will you play on? Not in a grim, gritting your teeth and getting on with it way – if you’re a Christian, you can know that God has forgiven your every trip and fall – so the important thing now is simply that you get back up, brush off shame, and know that your heavenly Father looks you straight in the eye without embarrassment.

The key to character is not how often you fail but how you respond to it.

Do you focus your life around God, or cover your face in pride?

What now?

Memorise this verse and apply it to your failures (we all have them): ‘My grace is all you need. My power works best in weakness’ (2 Corinthians 12:9 NLT).

SOULFOOD1 Chronicles 16-18 Luke 12:49-59 Psalms 119:41-48 Proverbs 21:1-3

Jolleese Plaire Dzadzovsky

August 13th, 2013

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