There are about a dozen people from JBC climbing Mt Adams tomorrow and Saturday. Four of us are going to start at noon tomorrow and climb to the 10,000 foot level and then camp on the mountain at what is called the Lunch Counter, a flat spot on the mountain. Then we will finish the climb on Saturday. I bought a new -20 degree sleeping bag because it gets very cold on Mt Adams at 10,000 feet at 3:00 am. I have climbed Mt Adams every year since 1965, but the last four years I have not made it to the top, which is very hard for me to take, having successfully climbed it for so many years. I have never attempted a climb of Adams doing it in two days instead of one, so I am hoping this will be the trick so I can make it successfully to the top. If I do summit I am going to declare myself a retired mountain Climber. It will be nice to end my mountain climbing career as a winner, which is what I want to do. I remember back in the early days of my pastoring when I was making so many mistakes and things were not going well in the church. I wanted to quit in the worst way but my Dad told me not to quit as a loser, but to wait until things were going good and then I could do something else rather than pastor if I wanted to. But when things turned around and started going better I didn’t want to quit! So here I am, still pastoring. It wouldn’t surprise me that if I make it to the top this year that I decide to do it again next year! Endurance is a character trait in the Christian life that God likes and also rewards.
Hebrews 12:1-2 Therefore, since we have so great a cloud of witnesses surrounding us, let us also lay aside every encumbrance and the sin which so easily entangles us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.