The Shortcut Up the Mountain

The Shortcut Up the Mountain

Last weekend the Summit Life guys hiked Pike’s Peak (14,110ft). I planned the trip months earlier and hadn’t realized it was a holiday weekend. We usually hike up and take the cog train down. But because of the holiday two guys who joined the team late didn’t have tickets and the train was sold out.

So, I ended up hiking halfway up with the team, then going back down and driving a car to the summit to pick up the guys.

I’ve hiked Pike’s Peak before and was familiar with what the altitude change did to your body. But hiking is way different than driving because you take it at a slower pace. Your body has time to process the change in altitude.

When I got out of the car at the summit I nearly passed out. I had to sit back down in the car and rest for about 20 minutes before I was able to make my way over to the trail the guys would be coming up.

It made me think about how often I want to take a shortcut to the top in life. I’d much rather drive to the summit than hike it. It’s less work and quicker. I want the success without the work. But the truth is, the slow struggle up the mountain is what allows you to handle life at the top.

Don’t shortcut the long, hard hike up. You’ll need the strength it builds to sustain you at the top.

…suffering produces endurance,  and endurance produces character, and character produces hope,  and hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us. Romans 5:4-5