When I was a kid I loved playing the game Snakes and Ladders. If I remember right - when a person landed on a ladder you got to take a shortcut to a place higher up on the board and if you landed on a snake down you went on the board. And since it was all about winning in my eyes of course all I wanted was to land on the ladders.
Sometimes in Christianity I get the message that I am judged if I land on a snake and spiral down, so to speak, and congratulated if I land on a ladder. It is ALL up to me. And if I want to be a good witness to the world out there I have to smile like the Christian life is all about landing on ladders. What a joke.