34. Learn From Stumbling

“Did it again,” Stan said with a bit of a sheepish grin.

“Did what?” I asked.

“Made a fool of myself,” was Stan’s answer.

“Sounds like confession time,” I kind of mocked him.  “Tell me about it.”

Stan began, “Just as I was about to get here a couple of minutes ago, I passed a woman on the sidewalk who was, to say the least, very attractive.  As we passed, I stared at her and stumbled over a slight raise in the sidewalk.”

He continued, “Thankfully, I did not fall down, but I stumbled.  The woman turned around and laughed.  Boy, was I embarrassed!”

“Learn anything?” I asked.

“You bet!” Was Stan’s reply.  “Keep my focus where it is supposed to be.”

“That will keep me from being laughed at by beautiful women; and it will keep me from being laughed at by the world, the flesh, and the devil,” was Stan’s very somber response.”

He continued, “It is kind of a funny story, but what is not funny is the very valuable lesson.  God is constantly walking with me to keep me from stumbling, but I too often do not walk with Him and, as a result, do stumble.”

“The main question when I stumble is whether or not I regain my balance and not fall.  In this instance, I did not fall down.  I regained my balance and learned the folly of not keeping my focus where it should be.”

“Aren’t you making too big a deal of looking at a beautiful woman?” I asked Stan.

“No.  Jesus addressed this very issue.  He said if my eye causes me to stumble, pluck it out.  In today’s language, He is saying if my eye causes me to stumble, don’t look.”

I responded, “Sorry I was do dense; I see what you mean.”

“It is not what I mean that is important, it is what Jesus means,” was Stan’s response.


If your eye causes you to stumble, pluck it out, throw it away from you. Matthew 18:9.

These things I have spoken to you, that you may be kept from stumbling.  John 16:1.

Prayer: Lord, you know all about me. You know all of my weaknesses. You know, and I know, that looking where I am not to look is not your will. Please, Lord, help me. Lead me in what to look at, and in what not to look at. Lead and please help me to follow. Amen.

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