Lately I’ve been feeling like problems have been coming at me from every direction. One problem punches me, it knocks me down, and I get back up. Then another problem punches me, it knocks me down, and I get back up. After getting knocked to the ground enough times I began to wonder if it would just be easier to not get back up. As I was thinking about spending the rest of my life facedown in the dirt, I noticed a book on my book shelf called You’ll Get Through This. I’ve had this book for over a year but I’ve never read it. I decided it was time to open it up and see if Max Lucado could convince me that I will get through this. He told the story about meeting a bounce-back clown when he was 8 years old.
Knock him down; he popped right up. Clobber him with a bat, pop him in the nose, or give him a swift kick to the side, and he would fall down — but not for long.
We did our best to level the clown. One punch after the other, each more vicious than the prior hit. None of us succeeded. Bozo had more comeback than the ’69 Mets. He wasn’t strong; he was full of air. He couldn’t duck or defend himself. He didn’t charm us with good looks or silence attackers with quick wit. He was a clown, for goodness’ sake. Red lips and yellow hair. Yet there was something about him, or within him, that kept him on his feet.
We’d do well to learn his secret. Life comes at us with a fury of flying fists — right hook of rejection, sucker punch of loss. Enemies hit below the belt. Calamities cause us to stagger. It’s a slugfest out there. Some people once knocked down never get up. They stay on the mat – beaten, bitter, broken. Out for the count. Others, however, have more bounce back than Bozo.
I remember punching a bounce-back clown when I was a kid. It’s true. No matter how many times we would clobber him on the head that silly clown would stand back up. Why is Bozo able to get up every single time that he gets knocked down? He gets back up because there’s something hidden inside of him. Every time Bozo gets punched the weight inside of him acts as a counterbalance. What’s hidden inside of him makes him stand up again.
What’s inside of me is what makes me get back up after the punches of life knock me down. God’s Word is hidden in my heart and His words are what enable me to get back up again. Every time I mutter the words “I can’t do this anymore” I’m reminded that I can. Because Philippians 4:13 says I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength. He gives each of us strength to get through the next moment and the next hour. When I feel like life has punched me in the gut and I’m face down in the dirt I remind myself that Though I have fallen, I will rise. Though I sit in darkness, the Lord will be my light (Micah 7:8) And I find myself rising out of the dirt, brushing myself off, and going again.
When someone chooses to not love our girls it knocks me to the ground. But I will get back up. When people ignore our girls it knocks me down. But I will get back up. I feel knocked down when someone suggests that it’s my fault that our life is hard. But I will get back up. When our girls have a really bad day it knocks me to the ground. But I will get up every morning and spend my days loving them. I feel knocked down when someone mumbles their belief that our girls won’t be able to do something. But I will believe in them even if no one else ever does. Because with God’s help I have more bounce back than Bozo.