Climbs can be taxing on your body and mind. The gradual to steep incline, difficult terrain, injuries, not having the right gear, and not knowing where you are going can keep you from getting to the desired destination. What your body tells your mind when it starts to falter can keep you from the top as well, although a strong, no-quit mind can give you the strength push your body to limits you did not think were possible.
I know how physical climbs can be having hiked in the Rockies, Mt. Rainier, and most recently in Acadia National Park, but by far the most difficult climbs I have ever encountered have been in my own life. I have constantly struggled in my personal climb, one in which I am trying my hardest to become the best man I can be. How can I be a better son, brother, husband, and father (eventually)? What can I do to get there? How can I be a better provider and what career path do I take to get there? When is the right opportunity going to come along? How can I be a better servant to others? What does this even look like? Why can’t I find the time to do what I am passionate about? Will I ever be in a place where I can do those things again?
The list of questions goes on and on, but the answer is not one that is clear-cut. While the road to each answer may be different, the common thing they all share is that they will be a climb. The only way I am going to find the answers to these questions is if I keep climbing. I have to choose to keep climbing when my body and mind are tired. I have to choose to keep climbing when I am lost and do not know which way to go. I have to choose to keep climbing because it is the only way.
What climbs are you experiencing in your life? What has you down and searching for answers? Where do you want to go and what is keeping you from getting there? These are not rhetorical questions and if something is troubling you I would love to be a source of encouragement. I want you to keep moving forward on your climb and I will do whatever I can to help you get there. You are capable of so much more than you know and I hope that you all continue to realize that.