Lessons learned from a world class climber and Apostle Paul…

Interested in adventure books? I especially like books about climbing expeditions. I remember reading INTO THIN AIR by Jon Krackauer… Loved it! Well today in my “Coffee with the Lord” post I’m recommending another book of the same basic genre. If you’ve read and enjoyed Krackauer’s book and you’re a disciple of Jesus, you’ll REALLY enjoy this one! It’s entitled THE SUMMIT and was written by Eric Alexander, a world class climber, who is noted for having climbed Mt. Everest and having guided his blind friend, Eric Weihenmayer, to summit it. The book is FILLED with discipleship (and leadership) lessons learned in the process.
Alexander makes a big point in THE SUMMIT of the risks involved in mountain climbing in general and especially what are called “the Eight-Thousanders” (mountains taller than 8,000 meters). A moment of presumption, a thoughtless error, an overlooked detail, or a precaution neglected can mean death! Imagine the responsibility of guiding a blind person on such a climb!
All of this came to mind as I read Apostle Paul’s words this morning in Ephesians 5:15-21…
“Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise, making the best use of the time, because the days are evil! Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is. And do not get drunk with wine, for that is debauchery, but be filled with the Spirit! Address one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and make melody to the Lord with your heart, giving thanks always and for everything to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, and submit to one another out of reverence for Christ.”
The same care and vigilance a world-class climber needs to use… we need to use in our discipleship – our walk with the Lord! That doesn’t mean it should be a somber, dour experience… It does mean we approach our daily walk with the Lord seriously aware of the temptations, the potential pitfalls, the Spiritual errors we can make, and most of all, our “adversary” (Satan). But it is also a journey with enriching fellowship, uplifting experiences, joy, laughter, and gratitude! (Read Eric Alexander’s book! It’s available on Kindle.)

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