Learning to Walk

12 Jan

David is my fourth child.  He’s just started to stand up for a few seconds without needed support.  He’s almost ready to walk!  Once that happens, we will have FOUR completely mobile children in the house.  I’m getting ready for the disasters that might cause!

In the learning process for walking, every baby falls.

They fail.

And after they fail, they get up again, trying over and over until they are able to walk.  I have never seen a baby (except for those with physical difficulties) choose NOT to walk after a few falls.  Every single one, without exception, after some pain and possibly tears, gets right back up again and tries to walk.

Why do they do this?  I believe it is because walking is normal.  They see others walking and figure that they should do it too.  Maybe they also walk because we encourage them to do so.  When they stand for a few seconds, we cheer them on.  When they take their first steps, we applaud them, while also filming them and showing it to the world.


Along the way, as we have grown and “matured”, we lose our commitment to take risks and to fail.  Because of this, we end up never doing new things, staying stuck where we are, and never progressing forward with creative ideas.

Might I suggest to you that this is not normal?

Unfortunately, not only have we stopped doing new things, but we end up getting threatened by the few who do.  As a result, we turn into cynics.  The same crowd that applauds and cheers on the “new” abilities of a baby attempt to suppress the “new” ideas of others.

This is not normal.

New is normal.  Creative is normal.  Risks are normal.  Failure is normal.  Learning from failure and taking more risks are definitely normal.

Staying the same is not normal.

Who’s ready to learn how to walk again?



Posted by on January 12, 2012 in Cultural Commentary, Life, Uncategorized


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3 responses to “Learning to Walk

  1. Joshua

    January 23, 2012 at 7:17 pm

    Totally, Pastor Jeff. Yes, there is a risk in learning how to skate, drive..asking a girl out…investing in people…and its normal. Thanks for the encouragement.This is actually one of my resolutions for this year. I wanna be willing to do the risky, obey God, and walk…And after I walk, I’m gonna get ready to run! Bless you and your family. Great post!

  2. Tim Mossholder

    March 16, 2012 at 6:21 pm

    Jeff, good post! Interesting…because I’ve also been writing about “normal” as well. It seems that God has been speaking some similar things to us!

    Love you! Tim

    • Jeff Tolle

      March 16, 2012 at 10:30 pm

      Thanks Tim! And thanks for the follow. I’ve been following you through RSS, but I just added you through email too. Pretty cool when God is speaking the same thing!


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