Monday, July 23, 2018


In 1858 the race between Abraham Lincoln and Stephen Douglas for the U.S. Senate was one of the hardest fought in the nation’s history. The campaign waged by the two men was distinguished by a series of electrifying head-to-head debates. The vote was close on a cold, rainy election day, and Douglas was the winner.

As Lincoln walked home that night, he slipped on the wet ground and nearly fell in the mud. When he regained his balance, he thought of the similarity between that experience and his great disappointment that day. “It’s a slip, not a fall,” he said to himself. And he was right! Two years later Abraham Lincoln became the sixteenth president of the United States.

A slip need not be a fall unless you let it be. As we walk the path of faith, we may have numerous slips, but the One who walks beside us prevents us from falling.