Helping Kids Climb
Lucinda Secrest McDowell
“I cannot believe you actually climbed this mountain!” I exclaimed to my son under the shadow of the Grand Teton near Jackson Hole, Wyoming.
It was huge. And majestic.
And I remembered receiving a photo from him fifteen years prior – literally hanging off that mountain. Back then, photos were not texted “in real time” so even though I was horrified, I could at least breathe easy, knowing he had survived to mail it to me.
Truth be told, I’m glad my son has the courage to climb mountains. And he has certainly been doing it his whole life, one way or another. While he was always blessed with good health and a love of the great outdoors, there were crucial challenges that forced him to make the wiser, harder choices. The steep upward climb of obedience and discipline. Such things strain every muscle and demand full attention.
“The Sovereign Lord is my strength. He makes my feet like the feet of a deer, he enables me to tread on the heights.” Habakkuk 3.19
How do we pass along courage and perseverance to our children? By reminding them daily that “the Sovereign Lord is my strength.” Only He can provide the kind of spiritual, moral and yes physical strength needed for the mountains of life. But also by preparing them that yes, life is quite often an uphill climb which requires great endurance – “ a long obedience in the same direction.”
As the 19th century poet Christina Rossetti said:
- Does the road wind up-hill all the way?
- Yes, to the very end.
- Will the day’s journey take the whole long day?
- From morn to night, my friend.
Life is indeed a climb, but one day, we all shall stand on the heights. With God.
under the mercy, Lucinda
“Helping You Choose a Life of Serenity and Strength”
©2018 Lucinda Secrest McDowell http://www.EncouragingWords.net
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