• Steve Berlack

When You're Face Down, Stay Faith Up

We all get to a point sometimes where we have it all figured out.

We work hard. We sacrifice. We struggle to provide for our families. We

plan and we pray. Then we plan and we pray some more. Then we pray a

little more before we revise our plan.


And how we do plan! Some of us of course are better at planning than

others. We can have the next fifteen years all laid out, detail by tiny detail.

“First I’ll do this by the time I’m X years old, then I’ll move on to this by

the time I’m X+3 years old, then I’ll....” We even come up with Plans B,

C, D and E!


All the time waiting. And waiting. And waiting.... When will our plans

bear fruit? When will our blessings come?


One of the best quotes I ever heard about planning came from Mike Tyson.

(Knowledge comes from anywhere and everywhere).“Everyone has a plan

until they’re hit in the mouth.”


That’s exactly what happens. If life can do anything, it can hit us in the

mouth. With authority. And power. If you’ve ever seen a boxer do the “I’m

about to hit the canvas but I don’t want to” dance, then you know what you

look like when life catches you on the jaw. We do the dance because we’re

holding on to that plan and those prayers. “Hey, wait a minute, I prayed on

it! Where’s my blessing?” Then...BAM!! You hit the canvas. Ready or not.

So here’s some advice. Even when you’re face down, stay faith up. Because

your faith is your prayer’s engine. It’s your faith, not your plans, that will

get you off the canvas. So when your plans have gone awry (who hasn’t

been there?), keep the faith. Because we never hit the canvas unless there’s

something for us to learn before we get back up. And with faith, we always

get back up.


Your blessings are still out there. You just didn’t plan on this trip to the

canvas. So while you’re down there, remember Mr. Tyson’s quote. And

remember what it takes to get back up and receive those blessings.


Stay FAITH UP my friends.

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