As I write this Portland is in the middle of a bit of a winter storm. Along with the wind-chill, temps stayed well below freezing all day accompanied by 35mph winds and a half decent blast of snow. I call it a bit of a storm as I grew up on having to endure snow storms…real ones that could drop a foot of powder at a time. Harsh winters were my life. I actually was the kid who walked almost a mile to school and yes, that mile was uphill. I remember -40 below temps and snow mounds so high you could sled them. The combined hours spent getting dressed in snow gear and no matter how much you covered up, your eyelashes would still freeze shut. And then there was the endless games of road hockey. I was the great Gordie Howe, Bobbi Orr and Phil Esposito all in one. Yes I was Canadian eh. Yes we did have roads. No, I didn’t live in an igloo. And yes, I still say the word ‘about’ weird. But I own it.
I guess you could say that having these experiences in my childhood helps me on days when I find myself complaining about the weather here in the Northwest. I don’t complain about it often, just on days when it keeps raining and raining and raining. And on days when it’s cold and raining. I have to stop and remind myself of those childhood winters and what the word ‘cold’ really means! I find it’s the same way with life though. You take a few hits and add a few years combined with a truckload of stressful challenges and voila – we start losing our perspective and unfortunately a lot of our fight. It happens. We get tired of climbing mountain #245. It’s called life. But that’s when it helps to remind ourselves where we came from. We remind ourselves of our wins. We remind ourselves of those ‘only God’ interventions. That epiphany moment we got in the middle of the pouring rain that said, “Wait, you can do this!” Because we can. Because we have. We’ve done this before. Sure the mountain was different and maybe even smaller but we conquered it. We can’t give up on what God put inside. The Bible says there’s a host of saints up there cheering us on. They even know us by name.
Don’t stop trying. One small adjustment in our perspective could be the winning edge or maybe mountain #245 means rethinking our strategy. Either way, it’s doable.
Hebrews 12:1 (Contemporary English Version)
We have around us many people whose lives tell us what faith means. So let us run the race that is before us and never give up. We should remove from our lives anything that would get in the way and the sin that so easily holds us back. 2 Let us look only to Jesus, the One who began our faith and who makes it perfect. He suffered death on the cross. But he accepted the shame as if it were nothing because of the joy that God put before him. And now he is sitting at the right side of God's throne. 3 Think about Jesus' example. He held on while wicked people were doing evil things to him. So do not get tired and stop trying.
Enjoy the journey eh!