The summit is worth it

Last week, my wife and I got to spend some time together celebrating our 4th wedding anniversary alone.  Yes, if you read that last sentence as if I wrote, the last word would be all CAPITALS.  Its not that we don’t love our son, far from it.  It is just that he is crazy and wild.  Like all almost-3-year-olds.

But while celebrating, we took a day to go hiking Stone Mountain, NC.  It was a good time but honestly, I realized just how out of shape I truly am.  Because each step up that mountain, I was worn out.  Not just because I couldn’t keep pushing myself further faster but simply because I did not want to keep going.  At times, I had to stop and rest and I am sure my now-muscular wife didn’t want to think about trying to carry me up the mountain.  But she was a good sport and simply encouraged me to keep going. 

She even encouraged me to realize that the summit of the mountain was worth it.  Isn’t it always that way?  Most great experiences have a little bit of trouble before getting there.  But I’m becoming more and more convinced that if it was easy, it wouldn’t be worth it.

And so I challenge you today to do the hard things that are on your mind and not settle for something less than a mountaintop experience.

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