I recently went through a 4-week class in which a new church I started attending tells us about their beliefs, goals, mission, etc…. They gave personality tests in which I will blog about in the near future, (very cool). In the back of the workbook was a daily devotional. I am going to be touching on a few of them, and hope you find them as relevant to your life as I did mine. The first devotion was on quitters, campers and climbers. They talked of all the mountains Jesus climbed in the bible and what a victory it was to finally reach the summit of each mountain. People climb mountains for various reasons. Among them are…. just because, challenge, necessity or merely for the risk it involves. To climb a mountain takes great skill and effort. You have to have patience, strength and endurance. One of three results will occur: the climber will quit, camp or continue to climb.
Illustrated below are each phase.
Quitters – This is a stage where the person attempting to climb the mountain gets tired. They begin to complain and talk about how dire their circumstances are and how unfair things are. Those who overcome do NOT quit.
Campers – The stage in which climbers decide to camp is when they become content or satisfied with where they currently are. They don’t feel the need to go any further. They’ve lost the drive to continue and accept the place they are. This is a shame because at this place it is usually just shy of the summit.
Climbers – Climbers continue when their bodies start failing them, when they are bleeding, blistered and near broken. Climbers reach the summit. They endure and find victory.
- Where do you find yourself finishing in the climb?
- Are their areas in your life where you’ve just thrown in the towel and quit?
- Are you just camping out in other areas?
- What can you do today to pick yourself up, brush yourself off and begin to climb again?
- what areas of your life do need to give to God and ask him for His help to carry you to the summit?
I found these questions rather intriguing. I was able to identify areas in my life where I was actually doing pretty good. However, in many, many… yes, many other areas I found myself falling short and either quitting or camping. Sometimes life throws things at you that seem to smother out the drive, this is where we need to seek out and rely on the “Charisma” or (Grace of God) to carry us through. We must intentionally CLING to HIS grace.
The only way to reach the top is to keep climbing, through the pain, through the blood, sweat and tears. Someday I’ll share more of my story on overcoming adversity and perseverance… It took me over five years of college as a single mom in which I lost my brother, his best friend, two of my best friends and two classmates, it was heart wrenching and near impossible at times, but I did it! …… and oh how sweet to reach the top and look down over the bumpy road you had to take to reach the summit. You can see for what seems an eternity. You are literally at the top of the world. The accomplished feeling you get is like none other. Keep Climbing. You’ll get to your destination.