Recently, I fumbled, fail and just made a mess of things. From the time I got up in the morning, I was off. Throughout the morning nothing worked or went my way. As I went about the routine that I have been on for years -- it was a bad day. The harder I tried -- the worse it got.

After stepping away from my day of mishaps -- I reflected and evaluated. Suddenly I remembered my granddaughter that is 2 years old. She is a constant mover and climber. She never slows down until she falls asleep. Once while she was at our home, she started climbing on to the stool in front of my chair and jumping into my lap. She then would climb down and do it all again and again and again and again. Sometimes she would stumble and fall, but she didn't stop. Sometimes she would bump her head and slow down for a few seconds and then be at it again.

My granddaughter wore me out, but she also reminded me of a very important lesson about life. She reminded me that when you stumble and fall, when you mess up or when things don't work correctly as planned, you get up and go at it again.

Peter often stumbled in his desire to follow Christ. There were times I think when Peter wanted to quit and go back to fishing. But Christ never let up on teaching and helping Peter to move forward and grow.

II Corinthians 15:7 states " But as for you, be strong and do not give up, for your work will be rewarded."

So as my granddaughter kept going, so must I. Each of us will have bad days and mess up from time to time -- but victories are never won by those that do not stumble, but only by those that persevere.