We can sometimes set people that we admire, up on a pedastal. We inadvertently set them up to fall by putting them up there in the first place. When the people we admire fall off of their pedestals and disappoint us, we have to stop and take a look at ourselves. Was it about the person or was it about the pedestal? Pedestals are technically a prop. An option that is used for dramatic effect. A pedestal is something that raises something else up higher than it could stand on its own. If you look at pedestals, they are often hidden under something else. Draped just so, in order to hide the pedestal all together. They are boxes, or stacks of wood or maybe concrete. They are usually made of materials that wouldn't stand up to a good wind storm. They chip and crush easily. When left without adequate protective covering, mold and mildew are known to attack pedestals. Pedestals aren't meant to last indefinitely. They will, eventually, crumble beneath the weight. When we put people up there on a pedestal, it gets tricky. If they wobble a little bit or take a stumble, they're probably gonna fall off of that thing. The pedestal itself becomes a stumbling block for them. If you see yourself setting up pedestals for those you admire, knock it off. If you're using a pedestal yourself, get down. Quickly. People and pedestals are not compatible. Being on a pedestal directly relates to falling off of one. Our potential to fall, to fail, is human. We mess up. Messing up shouldn't discount our abilities to complete our purposes. Failure should be a catalyst to improvement, providing a new perspective for achieving our truest potential. Our ability to show Mercy and Grace have the power to jump start that catalyst of positive change. The truth is that we are all just people. We all put our pants on one leg at a time. We may excel at a particular task or talent, but we are all people just the same. The same number of bones connected to the same muscles and joints. Inside we all look pretty much the identical. On the outside we may be taller, have more hair, or maybe we have a personality that just won't quit. That one might be the best administrative genius you've ever encountered, that one may speak with charisma and style, and that one may have a amazing physical strength and stamina, and that one makes us laugh ourselves silly, but we are all formed by the same God. We are each created for His purposes. Created and gifted for all of the marvelous and wondrous possibilities that He has planned. His plans, for His purposes, for His people. There is not one of us that is more important to God or more valuable to His purposes. We each have the potential to have spectacular results from who we are as a Child of God. You will find that if you follow HIS teachings and let HIS wisdom lead you, it is the very best way to make the most out of your potential. Pedestals and people are not compatible. God's authority is the only thing that should ever be placed higher in our lives. Matthew 23:8-9 MSG "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. Don’t set people up as experts over your life, letting them tell you what to do. Save that authority for God; let him tell you what to do.