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When We Fall Down - a short story by A.B.King

   Once upon a time there lived a little 12 year old boy named Alex.  His 15 year old elder brother’s name was Pat and he was acting out right now. Pat had turned into an incorrigible trouble maker. He just kept getting worse and worse.

   Initially, Alex had wanted to be like Pat but now he just didn’t know.

   Now all Alex could do was to investigate why his brother had changed so drastically – why he was heading down hill fast. After trying desperately a lot of times, Pat later confided in Alex.

   Pat told Alex that he had decided to just let things lose, that what was the point, he wouldn’t qualify for heaven. He’d tried to live holy but he keeps falling.

   Alex who unlike Pat always pays attention in church told Pat that being a Christian is not about being perfect it is about becoming a child of God and having a relationship with God. God wants us to come to him just like we are with all our sins (filth and all). Then he would wash us free from all our sins.

   Nobody expects a Christian to be holy and 100% sinless. We are still people but we are people who are smart enough to know that we need God in our lives. A life without God is a life that is in danger and is in darkness.

   If as a Christian we fall we should get back up. If we fall a thousand times we should get back up a thousand times. God is willing and able to forgive us if we ask for forgiveness for our sins.

   We must put in a conscious effort to stop sinning; knowing that God’s ever willingness to forgive is not a license to sin.

If you find it hard doing what the bible says we should do and you keep falling short don’t let it make you give up - Don’t let it make you give up on getting closer to God. Just pick yourself up when you fall and try again.

   Pat was glad to hear what he had just heard. He got it now. He should still press forward with his relationship with God even though he sometimes fell. God loves him. He loved us while we were yet sinners how much more does he love us know that we’ve acknowledged him as our lord and savior?

   From that day on, Pat made up his mind that he would continue his Christian walk.He wasn’t going to be a trouble maker anymore.

   Pat firmly declared to himself that no matter how many times he would fall he would stand up. And guess what, this time it became more difficult for him to fall. His walk with God kept shinning brighter and brighter unto the perfect day.


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