Whatcha reachin’ for?
Keep Reaching For The Top
Grow in the grace and
knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. —2 Peter 3:18
Jon Krakauer, author and
mountain climber, was determined to reach the “roof of the world,” the peak of
Mt. Everest. In an arduous ascent that killed some of his fellow climbers, he
persevered. On May 10, 1996, he reached the summit.
“I understood on some dim,
detached level that [the sweep of earth beneath my feet] was a spectacular
sight,” wrote Krakauer of that moment. “I’d been fantasizing about this moment,
and the release of emotion that would accompany it, for many months. But now
that I was finally here, standing on the summit of Mt. Everest, I just couldn’t
summon the energy to care.”
Temporal goals can never
fully satisfy. We see this in the ministry of Paul. He told the believers in
Philippi: “I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in
Christ Jesus” (Phil. 3:14). It is the goal “for which Christ Jesus has also
laid hold of me” (v.12). He will “transform our lowly body that it may be
conformed to His glorious body” (v.21).
That goal can provide the
most powerful incentive. It inspires us to become more and more like Jesus.
Every upward step gives us joyful soul-satisfaction. How diligently are we
striving to reach that goal? —Vernon C
I’m pressing on the upward way,
New heights I’m gaining every day—
Still praying as I’m onward bound,
“Lord, plant my feet on higher ground.” —Oatman
Don’t let contentment with
earthly goals prevent you from attaining eternal gains.