Tuesday, November 08, 2016

Move That Mountain!

"Truly I tell you, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, 'Move from here to there,' and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you." -- Matthew 17:20

Do you have a mountain looming in front of you, that you can't see your way around?  Call on God!  He's in the earth moving business!  Faith in the Mountain Mover moves the mountain!

Sometimes, He moves the mountain by earthquake -- a sudden event takes it all away.  This can happen when we make a major decision, or by circumstances beyond our control.  These earthquakes can be painful at the moment, but result in long term good.

The great Salvation Army leader, Samuel Brengle, was severely injured when an angry rioter threw a brick, hitting him in the head.  Brengle spent several months in rehabilitation, and during that time he wrote his first book which became bestselling classic.  Years later, he remarked to his wife, "I'm thankful for the brick.  If there had been no brick, there would have been no book."

Sometimes, He moves the mountain one shovel at a time -- and it takes time and hard work, so we can develop character and patience.  This means waiting and watching.  As the poet, Milton, says "they also serve who only stand and wait."

Consider the ants who create massive colonies one grain of sand at a time.  Success isn't usually gained in one big step, but rather many small steps.  It doesn't happen in a day -- but day after day after day.

Sometimes, instead of moving the mountain, He moves us -- giving us strength to navigate the the uphill journey to the peak.

If your mountain won't move -- maybe it's because you're supposed to do the moving.  One of the most important abilities in life is flexibility.  Are you willing the make the necessary changes to get on top of your mountain?  The journey of a thousand miles begins with a first step.

Sometimes, He leaves us at the foot of the mountain, where, if we stop resisting and start digging, we discover a gold mine.

To many people have what John Maxwell calls "destination disease".  They say they will be happy and fulfilled "when I retire" or "when I graduate" or "when I get married" or "when I get a different job" or  "when I make more money" or "when I move to a different town."

But maybe, instead of putting you happiness and fulfillment on pause until all your stars are aligned, you should make the best of where you are and what you have.

"Yesterday is a cancelled check.  Tomorrow is a promissory note.  Today is the only cash you have, so spend it wisely." -- Kay Lyons

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