I have recently read Bear Gryll’s autobiography “Mud, Sweat and Tears”. In it he shares his goal to climb Mt Everest, the preparation for the climb, the delays and frustrations, and then reaching the summit.
I’ve read a number of books about mountaineers – I’m fascinated by the hardship that they are prepared to endure to reach the summit of a mountain. Injuries. Sickness. Loss of fingers and toes – and yet they say it is all worthwhile. They do it again and again.
The challenges of climbing begin long before a mountaineer even sets foot on the mountain! Mountain climbing is an extremely expensive pursuit. Funds must be raised, sponsorship sought and equipment purchased.
In his book Bear Grylls talks about this process:
“Our dreams are just wishes, if we never follow them through with action. And in life, you have got to be able to light your own fire.
The reality of planning big expeditions is often tedious and frustrating. There is no glamour in yet another potential sponsor’s rejection letter, and I have often felt my own internal fire flickering close to snuff point.
Action is what keeps it alight.”
When I read those words I immediately thought of MOPS! Each of our mountain tops might look a little different – maybe it’s to see our unchurched mums to come to Christ. Or to have a full steering team. To see a breakthrough in the life of that mum who is suffering PND. How about to see our group grow in numbers? To find some more MOPPETS carers. When we reach the mountain top, all the preparation and work seems worthwhile.
Sometimes though it’s easy to get bogged down in the unglamourous details of planning our “expedition”, or to lose sight of the mountain top on our way up. “Altitude sickness” gets to us and clouds our thinking. We may not feel we have the energy to organise another steering team meeting. There’s no glamour in receiving a call from your MOPPETS team leader to say that she can’t find enough carers for the meeting tomorrow. Your child is clinging to you and doesn’t want to stay in MOPPETS. You feel your internal fire flickering close to snuff point ….
There’s a word for making it to the summit. It’s ENDURANCE. It’s easy to encourage others to keep going, but when we are called to endure? Phew! It’s hard work!
Hebrews 12:1-3 says: “Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus, the founder and perfector of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God. Consider him who endured ….”
Jesus endured – He endured for you and for me. He knows what it feels like. He understands. He is able to help us when we feel like we can’t go one more step. We can turn to Him and ask Him for the help we need.
What’s your MOPS dream? What lights your fire? Have you forgotten? Why not remind yourself of why you accepted your MOPS leadership position? God has called you to this position, and He will sustain you.
Fix your eyes on Jesus … endure … and keep moving. One step in front of another. Each step brings you closer to the summit! I love Bear Grylls’ words, “Our dreams are just wishes, if we never follow them through with action… Action is what keeps it alight.”
If you are enduring right now, why not take a moment to pray and ask God to help you reignite the fire of the dream He placed in you? To help you endure? If you are on the summit right now, enjoying the view, why not take a moment to pray for your fellow leaders who are on the way up and may have lost sight of the top.
Love and blessings
Field Staff Manager