But sometimes, life can be like a banana peel. Not like a peel in real life, but in cartoons or Mario Kart racing. A peel that you step on, and slips you up. Even if you try to avoid it, you may slip on another peel that you hadn’t seen from the lack of attention.
In the midst of life are struggles; they come in all kinds of shapes and sizes. Bills, bullies, peer pressure, poison ivy, flu, cancer, etc. No matter who you are, you have a struggle of some sort.
Sometimes when these slippery struggles slip us up, we just bruise our buns before getting back up. Yet others, we may damage a vertebra or crack our head. Sometimes, we do everything we can to avoid these peels, yet it feels like our foot still somehow finds one, slipping us up and bruising our backsides once again.
We all struggle. We all slip on banana peels. But I want to encourage you to keep going. Don’t feel discouraged when you slip on that banana peel–even if it’s the hundredth or even the thousandth time. Find the courage to get back on your feet and keep going. No, it won’t be easy. But usually, the sweetest fruits to taste, are the ones we work for the hardest to obtain.
When I was eight, I lived in a yellow house. And in the backyard was an apple tree. The apples on the lowest branches never lasted long, usually consumed way before they were ripe by either me or one of my brothers. Yet, the ones in the top branches got big and ripe. They were too high for us to climb for, so me and my brothers would knock them down by throwing a soccer ball at them. My aim wasn’t always the best, so sometimes I had to throw it four or five times for one apple. Sometimes, the ball flew over the fence, so we would have to hop it and retrieve the ball before we could throw it again. But those apples we had to sweat and work for, were always more rewarding than those we could snack on without any difficulties.
What’s the point of getting back up, if I’m just going to fall back down?
. . . Doesn’t doing something give your life more meaning, than just giving up and staying on your back? Therefore, let us work, and do hard things. Even if/when we fall again, let us never give up, never surrender.
Let us work at giving up some of those bananas that trip us up the most. Let us work at giving up the rot of life: Now the works of the flesh are evident: sexual immorality, impurity, sensuality, idolatry, sorcery, enmity, strife, jealousy, fits of anger, rivalries, dissensions, divisions, envy, drunkenness, orgies, and things like these. I warn you, as I warned you before, that those who do such things will not inherit the kingdom of God. (Galatians 5:19-21)
And instead, feast on the fruit of the Spirit: But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law. And those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. (Galatians 5:22-24)
You are not alone in your struggles, my friend. No matter what messes you up, there is always One who loves you so much:
“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.” (John 3:16)