Everyone Has a Mountain to Climb

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Golgotha

Life can be tough, especially when there are people in it.  We are all challenged to face life, deal with life in the midst of people.  Life can come with mountains.  It seems as if everyone has one to climb.  While trying our best to scale the mountain in front of us we, many times, will stumble over someone else.  That’s when someone usually gets hurt.

Keep in mind, this wasn’t God’s idea, plan or intent, and it still isn’t.  He made man and placed him in a garden.  Typically, a garden is a mountain free zone.  This doesn’t mean God is allergic to mountains.  He has used mountains, or hills to do some of his best work.  From Mt. Sinai, He gave us The Ten Commandments, which if followed, helps us live a better life.  Jesus taught about his Heavenly Father, life, and many other important issues to help us from many hills, or mounts around Jerusalem.  Of course it was the hill of Golgotha, where Jesus died for our sins, that gives us life eternal.

So what do we do with mountains?  We should name them for what they are.  Face them with boldness, but the most important thing to do is to ask Jesus to guide you through it, around it or over it.  Even Jesus had a mountain (Golgotha) to face, but didn’t want to.  He asked his Father to remove it from him, but then he went on to say, “Not my will, but your will be done.”  When mountains are conquered, you can stick a flag in it that waves in the wind declaring to all that someone made it.  It might just encourage them to keep climbing, to keep hanging on, and take another step where the Master has stepped before us.

“This is the kind of life you’ve been invited into, the kind of life Christ lived. He suffered everything that came his way so you would know that it could be done, and also know how to do it, step-by-step.” (1 Pt. 2:21 MSG)

 

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No Barriers

Erik_WI 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)