In order to scale a mountain, a climber must look for the next foot or handhold, instead of focusing solely on the summit. If his focus is only on the summit, then more than likely he will give up believing it is insurmountable. The same is true in our daily lives. I love this quote by Oswald Chambers; “We have to pray with our eyes on God, not on the difficulties.” Our focus cannot be on the difficulties or we will give up in defeat. However, when our focus is on God we will be able to climb higher to take in the breathtaking views from on high.
In order to reach the summit, we must work with those around us. As we have discussed before, we are created to be relational. For the team to work effectively, you have to be unified. Kerry and Chris Shook discuss three mountains that hinder unity within a relationship.
The first mountain is misunderstanding. In the beginning of any relationship, there is a honeymoon phase. Everything is wonderful. The other person is simply an answer to our prayers. Then all of the sudden out of the blue comes a boulder. The boulder is misunderstanding. In order to get around this boulder and continue going up the mountain, you must let go of the idealized vision of this other person and your relationship. You do not have to agree about everything. You just need to be able to work through any differences you might have.
The next mountain is the “me first” attitude. It is human nature to want to put our own needs above the needs of others. This leaves the one person alone, while the other continues up the mountain solo. For the team to work well together, there has to be some give and take on both sides. Compromise will help to ease conflicts that might arise.
The final mountain is the mountain of mistakes. Since we are all human, we are bound to make mistakes. If we choose not to forgive the other person, the team is forever split to go in two separate directions. As we talked about yesterday, we must remember to forgive. This will unify the team and you will be able, with God help, to reach the summit together.
Questions to Consider:
- Write a list of the things the relationships in your life need to be healthier.
- How do you show others that you are committed to your relationship?
- Spend time in prayer today for the people who are important in your life. Ask God how you can improve on your relationships.