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I’m selling my house and Saturday I had showings all day long. I needed to keep the dogs off the property so I spontaneously decided to go hike Crowder’s Mountain. I grew up hiking. It’s something my parents both truly enjoyed when I was a young child. I kept it up when I went to college in the Appalachian Mountains. Some of my favorite college memories are of camping in Pisgah National Forrest, illegally, (wink face emoji). Now every time I choose to go hiking I wonder why I don’t do it more often.
Saturday, the pain in my legs and backside were a clear reminder that I’m out of shape. The climb towards the top is steep and the cold air sharply hit my lungs but I loved it, all of it. Maybe it is because it is not easy; maybe it is because I know the mountaintop is worth the cost of being sore and achy. Maybe its because I crave a sense of adventure in this oh so predictable world. Maybe it’s because it makes me feel young and alive.
I pause and think about the cost. The price paid. The sweat, the labored breathing, the ache in my legs, cramps in my side and burning in my butt (cause lets be real). How often do we pause, or stop, or even turn around because the pain of the climb seems to great to bear. I believe now more than ever the battle is far greater in our minds than in our pain itself. I believe now more than ever the battle with and in our own mind is far more important and real than our actual pain whether it is physical, psychological, or spiritual.
Many of us are letting past pain, present pain, or the fear of future pain, stop us from climbing, adventuring, and let’s be real living. Though I think it actually isn’t the pain that keeps us from moving on, it’s the way we choose to think about the pain, the way we think about life, price, cost, sacrifice, and glory.
I’m not saying you should ignore pain. It should be addressed. It’s okay to pause and rest and address pain. However observe how you are thinking, processing, why is it you are making the choices you are making. What are you really thinking? What do you really believe? What are you really hoping for? Are you afraid? Can you trust?
I’d encourage you to address your pain, but give your pain its proper place. Think about your pain in a way that addresses it and moves past it so you can continue to climb. This isn’t done in a moment but in a lifestyle of intentional living, process, therapy, and work, lots and lots of hard work. Because my friends, there is a mountaintop worth sitting on. There is glory available to and for you and trust me it is worth the climb.