I heard this verse today in my Bible study. I posted it on Facebook and I'm about to write it on our white board. God knows - He knows I needed this verse today.
In Bible study she talked about the little things - how we let the little things get us off track spiritually - things as simple as a laundry mishap. Today I got to have that test.
My son unloads the dishwasher for us every other day. I was in the other room and he came to me with a piece of a dish and a sheepish look on his face. He said, "Mom, I didn't mean to are you mad at me?"
I told him I read a verse today for a time like this. He literally asked me to read it to him. So I read him Proverbs 24:16:
for though the righteous fall seven times, they rise again, but the wicked stumble when calamity strikes.
I explained to him what righteous meant and how when they make a mistake - they get back up and try again. Not to try again is to let the enemy get a foothold on your spiritual walk and rendering you ineffective.
I told him we all make mistakes but the important thing is that we get back up and keep going. He said, "Mom, thank you for reading that verse because I make a hundred mistakes and you didn't get mad at me for breaking this and I am just going to keep going."
Oh be still my heart - hearing those words from my eight year old - they were priceless. May I always remember this verse and use them to encourage others.