For a children’s message I wanted to illustrate Job from the Bible losing his family and his possessions. I said, “At any time, your calm and reasonable life can be disrupted. We stumble and fall!” So, to make my point, I deliberately stumbled down the steps fully intending to catch myself. Somehow, I lost my balance in the act of falling and hit the floor, hard. In my enthusiasm to make a point, I nearly ruined the service and one of my knees in the process.

To make matters worse, the ushers in the back peeked in when they heard the noise. They saw me laying on the floor, calmly closed the doors and said: “It’s just Larry, acting up again.”