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Wednesday, June 7th, '17

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HE DIED CLIMBING!

"Now therefore, give me this mountain..." (Joshua 14:12)

 

One chapter in Robert Schuller's classic book The Peak to Peek Principle is entitled "Don't Stop at the Top". In that chapter he mentions an old cemetery in Switzerland where many mountain climbers have been buried, in which one tombstone is etched with the words, "He died climbing!" Give that unnamed climber his due. At least he didn't back down the slope and die making excuses. The procrastinator dies sitting, the chronic complainer dies whining, the egotistical dies jabbering to himself, the politician dies making impossible promises. Moving uphill begins with decision. Peter Piper picked a peck...we have to pick a peak. Caleb cried, "Give me this mountain!" He had guts, a consuming vision and was specific. Know what you want.

 

Second, we have to claim while we climb. Climbing is what we do with feet and fingertips. Claiming is what we do in the spirit. The "exceeding great and precious promises" (2 Peter 1:4) of the Bible are like a vast mountain range challenging men and women to come up higher. God's promises keep us focused. During the climb the enemy seeks to distract our attention. Remember how Peter got his eyes off Christ and onto the storm. On a cliff-side, you never want to focus down, for fear of falling, or too far up, for exasperating the will to hold out to the end. Instead, you maintain balance, devote all effort to the work at hand and enjoy the present thrill of climbing.

 

Third, we dare not stop at the top. Many have failed by quitting BEFORE they made it to the top, but others failed by quitting AFTER they made it to the top. The top is not the stop! There are other victories waiting. You may have scaled Mt. Fuji but what about McKinley, Kilimanjaro, or, clear my throat, Everest? This is just the bend in the road, not the end of the road. 100,000 miles may have been the old figure we hoped to get out of a car but now there is the potential for three or four times that. Life isn't to be lived with all the eggs in one basket or portfolio. Which sounds better, success or ongoing repeated successes? Commit yourself to another peak. Caleb was eighty-five at his final conquest. I know many at that age who feel they're barely getting started on their second wind. These never die of old age and certainly not die of bed sores; they die climbing.


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