Every time I turn around
Another one’s falling to the ground
Giving in to pride and sin
like dominos they tumble
and we watch their lives crumble

We put them on pedestals
nowhere to go but
down, down, down
We see them on the TV screen
But everything’s not what it seems
behind the scenes
There’s nowhere to go but
down, down, down

Everybody needs some grace
Some help to find a better place
But even when we start again
Sometimes we all stumble
It reminds us to be humble


Every praise belongs to Him
Whose name is sung by seraphim
‘Cause we all know that He will win
It’s the ending to His story
And we give Him all the glory

We can put Him on the pedestal
He’ll never let us down, down, down
And in the midst of stormy seas
We know that He will hear our please
if to our knees
Each day we fall down, down, down

My daughters absolutely adored the show 19 Kids and Counting.  They couldn’t wait to watch Jill and Jessa get married- and waited on pins and needles to see if their new baby would be a boy or a girl.  My girls even got to go see Jessa Seewald speak at a ladies’ conference and it was like a dream come true for them. It was so refreshing for me to know that there was a family in the spotlight who were living out their faith in such a public way.  The news came out about Josh Duggar the week after the girls and I went to see Jessa speak.  As heartbroken as I was to talk about the situation with them- it turned out to be a positive thing. It opened doors for some very important conversations and also gave them a real life example that no one is perfect- and we can’t always believe the things we see and hear on TV. We all make and we all need God’s grace… and there is no such thing as a “perfect family”.

When we put people on pedestals, they are bound to fall down.

Don’t let people do that to you, put you on a pedestal like that. You all have a single Teacher, and you are all classmates.   Matthew 23:8 (Msg)

9 thoughts on “Pedestals

  1. People CAN be such a disappointment and the example you’ve given here is a witness to that truth. Although your girls may not realize it now, you are a huge blessing in their lives. Being able to discuss these events with the grace and love of Christ is a beautiful thing and the seeds you planted will produce good fruit.
    Love your song and the message. ~R

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  3. Great post Julie. We all have our faults. I’m glad you saw it as a great opportunity to share with your girls.
    Yes, we all fall down, just not all of us do so in the public eye, but we fall no less. Yours is probably the only post I’ve read that refers to the Duggar issue in its proper context.

    Love the lyrics to the song…

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    • It was just heartbreaking….even more so because my girls loved watching their reality show and looked up to them so much. These things just show us how much we need Him- every moment of every day…I am thankful for His grace!


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