Training to Kill a Man

Training to Kill a Man

I’m leading a team to climb Mt. Kilimanjaro in two weeks. It’s a six-day climb.

Needless to say, it’s crunch time on the physical training.

This morning I was running hard, exhausted. I started to get nervous.

A thought flashed through my mind. What are you doing climbing a mountain who’s name starts with Kil-i-man? 

Last time I climbed that mountain it ate my lunch. And made me throw it back up. Multiple times.

I’ve been training hard, but the summit of Kilimanjaro is 19,000ft higher than where I live. No amount of training at sea level can prepare you for what altitude will do to your body.

But here’s the deal: I have to train right where I am. That’s all I have to work with.

It made me think about how often I look at something I want to accomplish, but it’s just too high. There’s no way I could make it up there. So rather than train where I am, I just browse through Netflix.

Don’t let your current location at sea level (or below) keep you from training for the mountaintop. If you are faithful and prepare from right where you are, don’t be surprised when doors open for you to climb higher.

You never know how you’ll hold up on the climb, but I’ve found (in Christ) we are capable of much more than we think.

Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen. Ephesians 3:20