Look Down, Fall Down–Look Up, Stay Up!
– By William Hurtado
A parent-friend of mine, who helped organize the day’s ice-skating outing with our home-school co-op, told me something instructive while we were skating together. As we skated side-by-side, she said an instructor had recently helped her improve her skating skills. The instructor had taught her a simple mantra, “Look Down, Fall Down.” It was simple yet effective in helping new skaters improve their skills.
Soon after our conversation, I skated toward a first-time skater and noticed he was looking down at his skates instead of looking up. I confidently instructed
him, “look down, fall down. If you look up, you will do much better.” He took the advice, and immediately his skating technique improved!
The importance of looking up is not just true for ice-skating, it’s true for many other sports, and beyond. It’s so easy to start looking down at our problems, at what is wrong in our lives, and become discouraged. Someone once said, “Let each new obstacle force you to go to the next level in God.” Let each problem in life compel you to look up to Christ. As you do, you will stay up. You will overcome!