We went to the bookstore this evening after dinner. This is an occasional escape we use in the evenings when we want to get out of the house but there is no where to go. We go to the kids section and they have fun for about an hour and then we come home and they go off to bed.

Well, today I ventured off to the adult section (no… not that adult section) and was browsing through the books. I was int the sport sections (odd, I know) however I found the climbing section. There it was… EPIC. (as I previously mentioned, I’ve been thinking about epics lately)

 Traditional epics recount heroic achievement.  When climbers talk about an epic, they are talking about a climb that went wrong. (Introduction)

I love reading about epic climbs.  The stories of men and women risking everything to achieve a goal.  Despite great odds and facing death, both fast and slow, they trudge onward and upward into places few have seen and even fewer have gone.  They embrace the challenge and pain head on… they know the cost, from loss of fingers to frostbite to the loss of friends, to the loss of themselves.

Now, I’m not saying that a summit is worth the loss, but rather I admire a spirit that believes in something and is willing to risk everything for that belief.   Climbers don’t climb hoping to die… they climb to because they believe in it.

When I read their accounts I am challenged to live out my own epic… an epic of faith that sees that this journey may cost me greatly, but it is a cost I am willing to pay.  I’m willing to risk everything, not simply to bask in the glory of some summit, rather to bask in the Glory of the one before whom all the mountains of the earth melt like wax.

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  1. Hey Ry…reminded me of a favorite poem…you might like it..you might not..
    Give everyone hugs from us!!

    I Tried To Climb The Mountain Today:

    I tried to climb the mountain today. As I inched my way up the path, I felt overwhelmed, so I had to turn back.

    I tried to climb the mountain today. On my journey, darkness started to fall, and I was full of fear, so I had to return to a safe place.

    I was ready to climb the mountain today. But it was so hot outside, I thought I better stay in my nice air-conditioned house and rest up for tomorrow’s attempt.

    I was about to climb the mountain today. But I had so many other things to do, so instead of climbing the mountain I took care of much more important tasks. I washed my car, mowed the grass and watched the big game. Today the mountain will just have to wait.

    I was going to climb the mountain today. But as I stared at the mountain in it’s majestic beauty, I knew I stood no chance of making it to the top, so I figured why even bother trying.

    I have forgotten about climbing the mountain today; until a friend came by and asked me what I was up to lately. I told him I was thinking about climbing that mountain some day. I went on and on about how I was going to accomplish this task.

    Finally, he said, “I just got back from climbing the mountain. For the longest time I told myself I was trying to climb the mountain but never made any progress. I almost let the dream of making it to the top die. I came up with every excuse of why I could not make it up the mountain, but never once did I give myself a reason why I could. One day as I stared at the mountain and pondered, I realized that if I didn’t make an attempt at this dream all my dreams will eventually die.”

    “The next morning, I started my climb.” He continued, “It was not easy, and at times I wanted to quit. But no matter what I faced, I placed one foot in front of the other, keeping a steady pace. When the wind tried to blow me over the edge, I kept walking. When the voices inside my head screamed “stop!” I focused on my goal never letting it out of sight, and I kept moving forward. At times, I was ready to quit, but I knew I had come too far. Time and time again, I reassured myself that I was going to finish this journey. I struggled to make it to the top, but I climbed the mountain!”

    “I have to be going,” my friend said. “Tomorrow is a new day to accomplish more dreams. By the way, what are you going to do tomorrow?”

    I looked at him, with intensity and confidence in my eyes, and said, “I have a mountain to climb.”

    See You At The Top