Friday, October 26, 2007

It's the journey that counts

So I just finished reading The Kid Who Climbed Everest" written by Bear Grylis (most known for his TV shot Man vs. Wild). It was a riveting read and I think I even surprised my wife at how fast I plowed through the book.

Bear remarked that after his climb when people found out he climbed Everest, the most common question that would follow was "did you summit?" Bear said that he hated that question because it implied that nothing mattered except making the summit. That all the training, the pain, the overcoming of extreme difficulties were all for 'not' unless he summited.

I was stopped by this comment and how it parallels the Christian life in some ways. So many of us, myself included, seem fixated on "arriving" - coming to that place in our lives where we have finally become all that God has for us. Here's the truth though - we will never arrive or "summit" as it were, until we are perfected in heaven. In truth, our lives on earth will more closely resemble Bear's battle to summit Everest. It's a constant striving, filled with successes and failures, times of unbelievable joy and times of failure. We will only grow as we are tested, tried and refined. This reminds me of another quote I just read uttered by golfer professional golfer Johnny Miller;

"It's not what you achieve in life that counts, but what you overcome."

1 comment:

Steve said...

Great thoughts, Pastor Mike!!! Thanks for sharing!