MOTIVATION & INSPIRATION
By Deion Sanders with Tejado W. Hanchell, Ph. D
Fall is one of my favorite times of the year, although I truly enjoy the heat of the summer. Football season is kicking into high gear. Major League Baseball is headed toward the World Series, and the NBA just laced ‘em up. The leaves are changing colors, and it is a reminder that regardless of how difficult your yesterday was, CHANGE is coming, baby! Nothing lasts forever! The only thing constant in life…is change. Now listen closely, not all change is bad. There are some things in our lives that need to change in order for us to grow and prosper. If you are the exact same person you were five years ago, doing the exact same thing you were doing, that’s a good indication that you have not grown. Proper change is a sign of growth.
While it is a sign of growth, we must realize that change is not always comfortable and convenient. That’s where we get the phrase “growing pains”. Sometimes growth hurts.(That’s why you can only grow in spurts.) It hurts when finally you realize that you have outgrown certain people, places and things in your life and you must move on. Understand that just as the earth has seasons, so do your relationships, jobs, and careers. Some people, places and things were only meant to be in your life for a season. One of the worst things you can do is hold on to something or someone when its season is over. That would be like wearing a big ol’ fur coat in the middle of summer or some thongs with some Timberlands in a winter storm! You feel me?
As we grow and change we also need to realize that our progress and success also involve setbacks. No one has ever experienced progress or success in life, sports, relationships, or business without experiencing a few “falls” along the way. As the old saying goes, “You can’t make an omelet without breaking a few eggs.” Just remember that a few broken eggs don’t stop the meal. A fall cannot forfeit your future. As a matter of fact, since most success stories I’ve heard of involve some kind of fall, they key is to get back up again. The Bible says, “A righteous person falls seven times, but rises up again (Proverbs 24:16).” That’s why Pastor Donnie McClurkin said we can get back up again. You may fall, but it’s time to get back up, baby! Wipe your tears, and let’s do this!
Even if you fall, the worst thing you can do is to fall backward. When you fall backward you take your eyes off the prize and you stop your forward progress. When you fall backward you lose ground. On the football field we teach our Prime Prep Academy and our TRUTH teams to always try to fall forward to pick up that extra yard, that first down, or that touchdown. In football, as in life, you WILL fall. They key is to make sure you fall forward. There are several things you need to remember if you’re gonna fall forward in life.
Falling is not FAILING
No one’s perfect. (I’m gonna say that again.) No one’s perfect. We ALL fall. Just because you had a fall it doesn’t mean that you have failed. Beyond that, a fall does not make you a failure. Unlike Steve Urkel, you’ve fallen, but you CAN get up! Don’t let anybody tell you that you failed just because you fell. The reason I don’t care about what people say about me is because I know that my critics have critics. The only way you fail is if you refuse to get back up again.
Falling is not FINAL
Falling is not the end of your story. It’s not the period at the end of your sentence. It’s the beginning of your set up and the genesis of your comeback. You had to hit the bottom in order to bounce back. That’s why God had to allow folks to do you like they did you. You need to realize, you’re like a tennis ball. The harder you fall, the higher you bounce back! Don’t think that your story is over. Just like the leaves have turned, it’s time to turn the page to the next chapter of your life. Falling is NOT final!
Falling is not FATAL
Your fall is not final, and it’s also not fatal. You WILL survive this! You were built for this. You had to go through this to realize what you have inside of you. You’re resilient. You’re strong. You’re patient. You’ve got what it takes. Now take what you’ve got! I know the fall hurts, but that’s a sign that you’re still alive. They talked about you, ridiculed you, but you’re still here. You continue to get up and go to school, go to work, perform, play, preach, and provide for yourself and for your family. Pain is a part of the process, but pain is not permanent. When we feel pain, the first thing we do is try to self-medicate it. How do you medicate your pain? Normally, with something that’s familiar. Now, let’s stop the foolishness. Please realize your pain is not permanent. You are a conqueror and a survivor. You will come through this. You may smell like smoke through the fire, but you’re coming out of this, baby!
Your name isn’t ‘Humpty Dumpty.’
Humpty Dumpty sat on the wall,
Humpty Dumpty had a great fall.
All the king’s horses and all the king’s men
Couldn’t put Humpty back together again.
Humpty’s problem was that he was looking for help from the wrong people. If you depend on the wrong people, you’ll always end up with the wrong results. You’ll never make it. You don’t need to depend on the king’s horses and the king’s men, you have access to the King Himself. As a matter of fact, you have access to the King of Kings, and He promised to put you back together again. Even if you’re falling as you read this right now, or you JUST had a great fall, the King of Kings can pick you up and put you back together again. Leaves change colors, and they eventually fall, but just like those leaves, you’ll be back! Just make sure you fall forward!
And by the way, you know that I’m a thinker, and I’ve read this story since my childhood a multitude of times, and I’ve come to the conclusion that Humpty was pushed! What I’m trying to say is, don’t let nobody push you…when you’re on the edge.
Like God, we love ya’ll!