“The greatest glory in living lies not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.” Ralph Waldo Emerson
In secret, we all want to see someone run the race of life very well. We want them to shine bright, to keep from falling, and to end well. We want a hero.
Realistically speaking, though, most people do fall. We are human. When things go well, we get puffed up and fall.
The ideals are still there though.
Shine bright – I love that Benjamin Franklin decided that he would “become” virtuous and hoped to perfect thirteen virtues. He quickly realized that becoming virtuous on one’s own power doesn’t keep up from slipping; however, it should not keep us from striving for those virtues. I’ve always hoped to be a bright light in some one’s path, yet there are days when I hope no one has seen me at all. Even when we do fall, we need to be reminded to get back up, polish ourselves, and relight the fire.
Keep from falling – Holding up our hands to God might not keep us from falling, but will certainly give us a place to look when we are on the ground. The Bible promises, “Draw near to God, and He will draw near to you.” On this earth, we have friends and family we can depend on when things go badly. Family has the name because they have to take us back, even when we’re on the ground. We may not be able to keep from falling, but if we have ways to get back up when we fall, we are fortunate indeed.
End well – There are several people whom we expect will end well. Billy Graham is one of those people I expect to end well. He has chosen to follow God publicly. So many of these public people tend to disappoint. Our human points get in our way so much of the time. When I leave this world, I hope it’s with a happy ending.
Who are your heroes? How do you see them shining, not falling, and ending?