Monday, February 24, 2014

Dealing with Adversity (1)

'...Is your life full of difficulties and temptations? Then be happy.' James 1:2 TLB

Lori Schneider is one of very few women to climb Mt. Everest - yet another step on a climb she started ten years earlier when she was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis (MS).

Terrified, but determined to achieve her goal, she quit her job and devoted herself to climbing.

Nine years later she'd conquered the highest peaks on six of the earth's continents!
'Lori sees MS not as a negative, but a positive,
her father said. 
'She accepted it as a challenge'. 
Unfurling a banner in honour of the first World MS Day, she called her dad on a satellite phone:
'I'm here Dad, I'm on the summit, I made it!
A dream sixteen years in the making realised! Now her goal is to show others who face challenges that even the highest mountain can be climbed one step at a time.

In 'Let It Go', Mark Atteberry writes: 

'The Christian life is about progress, not perfection. For that reason, you should never measure the distance between you and perfection (which is what all perfectionists insist on doing).

That distance is completely irrelevant. If you want to measure something, measure the distance between where you are today and where you were yesterday. 

If you made a little progress in the right direction, even if it was just an inch, celebrate!'[LS1]

Soul Food: Exo 20:15, Josh 7:1-26, Mal 3:8-11, Eph 4:28 (Commandment 8: Don't steal)

Written by Bob & Debby Gass
Sunday, 23 February 2014
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