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Learning How to Fall Well

In Charlie Kang on March 21, 2012 at 4:44 pm

by Charlie Kang

Some of you maybe surprised to know, but at a stage in my life I was a martial arts master.  Well, not quite a master, but I was pretty high up there at my Hapkido dojo!  Because of my short legs, I wasn’t much of a fighter and would get regularly demolished by the other black belts in my class.  There was utterly no hope for me to make it in my dojo as a fighter, but if I had one thing going for me was that I knew how to fall.  One of the first and most fundamental things they teach you in Hapkido is how to properly fall so that you take the least amount of damage when you hit the deck.  When it came to falling, I was a natural.  I knew how to fall properly from every single angle that the attacker came from.  Not only that, but I looked good doing it.  I was soon recruited to my dojo’s traveling demo team; not as the guy who could splice wood boards into pieces or the guy that could do a bajillion spin kicks, but I was recruited as the guy who got beat up and thrown around by the others.  Demeaning?  Maybe, HAHA. But I took pleasure in the fact that my art was appreciated by onlookers, who would see me thrown 100 feet in the air (exaggeration, it was more like 50 feet HAHA) and come up seconds later, fine and dandy.

Many of us live as Christians who don’t really know how to fall well.  When things don’t go our way, we fall flat on our face and wreathe in pain at the injustice that God has done to us.  We bicker.  We complain.  We post angry facebook statuses.  All signs pointing that we suck at falling.  When life is hard, we don’t know how to “fall well”.  This brings us finally to the meat of this blog post: how do we fall well?

I believe one of the ways we fall well is when we memorize relevant Bible verses that apply to our circumstances and recite them over and over until we believe it.  This process is what’s called “meditation”.  Simple enough right?  But is this a simple mind over matter exercise to trick our brains to make us think “happy thoughts”?  Not exactly.  The reason why memorizing the Bible helps us in life is because memorizing the Bible makes us see the world and our circumstances for what they really are.  It forces us to take off our self-centered lenses that we use to imperfectly see the world and put on God-centered lenses, which gives us a truthful, accurate view of our reality.  We start seeing the world in the way that God sees the world.  God’s truth, not our feelings or circumstances, becomes our reality when we meditate on His Word.  Let me give you some examples of how this works.  When life doesn’t go the way we want, memorizing Romans 8:28 reminds us that God is sovereignly working everything for good, even the delays and disappointments of our lives.  We might not like what’s going on in our lives, but we are convinced God’s reality is true; thus, we yield to Him knowing that He has something better in store for us.  When we worry about finals, what college we will go to, or what job we will have outside of college, we do well to memorize Matthew 6:32-33, which reminds us that we shouldn’t worry because we have a loving Father who takes care of us and our future perfectly.

When we allow ourselves to memorize the Bible, it takes abstract, biblical truths and makes them concrete and real in our lives.  Allowing God’s Word, not our circumstances to tell us what reality is will give us the faith to fall well even in the most trying of circumstances.  This discipline will develop in us a faith that is both powerful and practical; making our lives unshakeable even in the most unsettling of storms!  Memorize the Bible!  It will help you fall well when life gets tough!

If you would like a great way to start memorizing the Bible, click on this link to Desiring God’s fighter verse app.  It’s not free, but it’s worth the investment!  If you want to learn more about Hapkido, come at me bro!  HAHA.  God bless!

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