One of the keys to being successful in life is falling in love with the daily grind instead of dreading it and fussing about it. I used to regularly climb Mt Adams. It is over 12,000 ft tall, it is very steep, and and very hard to climb. Many who start quit before they get to the top because of the difficulty. One of the topics of discussion between people who are getting ready to climb the Mountain is why are we doing this. Those who say they are climbing the mountain because they want to be able to say that they made it to the top of Mt Adams have the highest rate of failure in making it to the top. Those who say they are climbing it because of the challenge of the climb almost always make it to the top. Learning how to enjoy hard is a self training pursuit, and requires that we learn and practice a precise self talk when life does get hard. Our natural self is very wimpy and immediately fusses and feels sorry for itself when life takes a turn towards difficult, but we can, when we realize how important it is, learn to respond to hard with excitement, and gratefulness. Learn to enjoy the daily grind, and the harder it is the more excited we get. It is like getting ready to raft down a class 4 rapids, or climbing into an airplane to go sky diving, or getting ready to ride a bicycle 3,400 miles with over 142,000 feet of elevation gain. The anticipated level of difficulty of an event is what makes it fun and enjoyable. Those who enjoy the difficulty of the journey don’t quit and make it to the top, but those who are simply heading toward a destination or an accomplishment usually quit.
I went for a bicycle ride today. My goal was to go about 20 miles as a comfortable warm up for the 3,400 mile journey we leave on in 5 days. I rode 2 miles and turned around and went back home. I was totally done in when I got home and went and sat in my recliner for a couple hours to recover. When I was recovered enough to think clearly I started getting very uptight about the upcoming bicycle trip and the probability of me making it past the first day. A major part of the fear is that I have successfully finished 5 major bicycle journeys of over 2000 miles and 2 of them were over 4,000 and I blogged about each one and in the process I have picked up around 4000 faithful readers who think that I can successfully ride a bicycle anywhere for any length of time. So if I fail miserably to get past even the first day of riding on this trip it seems like the whole world is going to know, and I am going to feel like a major wimp. Now the challenge is trying to figure out how much I am motivated by the applause of people, and how much of that is ok with God. One thing I do know is the first two days of riding are going to be really, really hard, whoops I make fun of people who say the “hard” word. Anyway, the first two days are going to be a challenge in more than one way.
Patty and I drove up to see my Mom today where she lives in Trout Lake, Washington. It is about a 3 hour drive from our house to hers. She hasn’t been doing very well so I expected the worst in the sense of her attentiveness and memory, but she was very “with it”, and we had a very nice visit. Her and Patty do most of the talking along with my sister who lives just across the driveway from my Mom and is her main caregiver, so I mostly just sit and listen and throw in a grunt now and again to show that I am tracking with the conversation. As the ladies were talking I was reminiscing about my growing up years trying to remember all that my Mom did for me in the way of Christian training and motivation. I have a strong faith and a very close and intimate relationship with the Lord, and God has blessed my life, marriage, family, and ministry over the years, and I know the reason is because I was well parented by my Mom and my Dad. I am a product of very faithful, diligent, and responsible parents. My life is very much a result of factors that I had no part in choosing, so I can hardly take credit for anything that I am or have done, so I want to be especially careful in thanking my Mom and not taking her for granted, and thanking the Lord for the way He has sovereignty worked in my life and never taking Him for granted or forget to thank, praise, and worship the Lord for what He has done in my life.
So I read that a fellow named David Meade from England predicted that the rapture would happen April 23rd, 2018. I woke up this morning and realized that nothing had changed, if the rapture had occurred, I had gotten left behind, and that wouldn’t have been a good thing.
1 Corinthians 15:51-52. Behold, I tell you a mystery; we will not all sleep, but we will all be changed, in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet; for the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised imperishable, and we will be changed.
1 Thessalonians 4:16-17. For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. Then we who are alive and remain will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air, and so we shall always be with the Lord.
Leaving this earth and getting a new body is a very attractive thought to me. Aching and hurting muscles are with me pretty much most of the day now, and towards the end each day I begin to think about what it is going to feel like to have my new glorified body. I don’t know when it is going to be but one thing I do know for sure, it is going to happen, and those who love Jesus will be with Him forever.