The story is told that Andrew Jackson’s boyhood friends just couldn’t understand how he became a famous general & then the President of the US. They knew of other men who had greater talent but who never succeeded.
One of Jackson’s friends said, “Why, Jim Brown, who lived right down the pike from Jackson, was not only smarter but he could throw Andy three times out of four in a wrestling match. But look where Andy is now.”
Another friend responded, “How did there happen to be a fourth time? Didn’t they usually say three times & out?”
“Sure, they were supposed to, but not Andy. He would never admit he was beat - he would never stay ‘throwed.’ Jim Brown would get tired & on the fourth try Andrew Jackson would throw him & be the winner.”
Picking up on that idea, someone has said, “The thing that counts is not how many times you are ‘throwed,’ but whether you are willing to stay ‘throwed.’”
The Christian life is a battle. Pro 24:16 (NIRV) says: “Even if godly people fall down seven times, they always get up. But those who are evil trip and fall when trouble comes.”