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I heaved open the double doors to the aging gymnasium, grateful for a heated shelter from the snowy Saturday afternoon – and even more grateful for two hours of free roller-skating at the local gym to get the cabin-fever-winter-jiggles out of my three kids.

We had been to the free skating twice before, so they knew the drill.  Coats off, hats off, shoes off, skates on.  I hunched over to help them click the straps of their skates firmly in place, and they were off.

Sort of.

As ‘off’ as one can be, with two left feet and four wheels on each.

I smiled as they wobbled and lunged and arched and leaned and flailed their way around the perimeter of the room.  The space was small, and the wooden floor crowded, but the kids didn’t care.  They were skating, and they were having fun.

On previous occasions, I had skated with them, and inevitably, one (or more) of them would end up holding my hand (translation: pulling my arm out of my socket) as we glided along (translation: desperately tried not to fall).

On this particular Saturday, however, I opted to sit on the sidelines.

Big mistake.

Without my masterful skill and expertise to rely on, they were left to their own devices.

Yep, you guessed it.  In no time, all three of them had joined hands.

Recipe for disaster.

I cringed in helpless dismay as I watched the precarious six-armed chain contort into all imaginable shapes and angles.  I may have squeezed my eyes shut once or twice.

I definitely stopped counting the number of times they landed in a mangled heap, dropping like dominoes, one by one.  Too many times, the mound teetered on catastrophic proportions as innocent passersby joined their shenanigans by adding limbs and torsos to the pile.

In those two hours of sideline agony, the obvious became clear:

We ought not lean on those who are bound to fall. 

This truth leads to its logical conclusion: In life, all of mankind is fallible.  No matter how hard we try, not a single one of us is perfect, nor will we ever be, in this life.

Therefore, there is only one option:  We have no choice but to lean wholly on the One who will never fall, never fail, never forsake.

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