I work for a global company, and they force us to take training courses. These courses range from safety to customer information, to company standards. But last year they started making us listen to some motivational speeches. This past week I listened to one such speech that really moved me. It was given by Erik Weihnenmayer. It’s okay. I didn’t recognize his name either until he was introduced as the first blind man to climb Mt. Everest. I recalled hearing about him on the news.
Erik’s speech was truly amazing just as he and his life is. Here he is blind, but has adopted this mentality of “No Barriers”. In other words there really is nothing holding you back from obtaining your goals but you. He described being blind and climbing Mt. Everest as “reaching out into the darkness”.
We live in a very dark world. Perhaps you are facing a mountain in your life and you don’t see how you are going to get around it or through it. Has it dawned on you to go over it? Maybe you just lost your job, or you are now taking care of an ailing parent. Or maybe God has called you to do a certain task. The one thing Erik said about reaching the top of a mountain is this, “It takes a team.” Team up with others who are facing the same mountain as you. Do life together. Encouraging each other. Team up with God who can help you with any mountain, if only you believe there are no barriers.
Mat 17:20 “Because you’re not yet taking God seriously,” said Jesus. “The simple truth is that if you had a mere kernel of faith, a poppy seed, say, you would tell this mountain, ‘Move!’ and it would move. There is nothing you wouldn’t be able to tackle.” (MSG)