Wednesday, June 28th, '17
All rights reserved © message by Kris Jackson
me this mountain..." (Joshua 14:12)
Peter Piper picked a peck...I want you to pick a
peak. They are out there waiting to be scaled, Kilimanjaro, Everest, Pike's
Peak, whatever. You do not have fear of heights (2 Timothy 1:7). Nor can
handicap hold you down. Both a blind man and a man with prosthetic limbs have
reached the summit of Mt. Everest. And Caleb was 85-years old when he staked
his mountain claim. Of course, you may need some training and conditioning. The
air is thinner "up there". It takes special lungs to be able to live in the
realm of faith. You can't do it all at once. I mean, skiers have to master the
bunny course before they move on to Olympic slalom. So win some small victories
before you take on the ultimate.
First, take a peek. You need a vision of
where you desire to go in life. Where there is no vision potential perishes.
Second, pick a peak. Caleb was specific about his desire, "this
mountain". Third, know that it takes guts to leave the ruts. Many talk a
good game but never get off the couch. Claiming a mountain is easy; climbing it
is what separates the men from the boys. Fourth, never be happy with halfway.
One headstone in a Switzerland mountain cemetery says, "He died climbing!"
Better to make progress than to make excuse. Many die sleeping; he died
Lastly, when you do reach the peak, rest on
the crest (but don't roost there). Don't be a one hit wonder. There are
more mountains to climb. As strong as the temptation to give up before
completion is, so is the temptation to rest on past laurels once a worthy
accomplishment is made. A group photo of you and the expedition party on top a
rock pile sets well on the mantelpiece but it is past tense, only a memory.
Faith forgets those things which are behind and reaches forth to those things
which are before. It repacks the tent and climbing gear then heads for another
peak. From that mountaintop we gain vistas that quitters and those happy with
halfway will never enjoy.