Reading: I Corinthians 13: 2
I once took a walk in the woods with a four-year-old boy and his father. It was a gorgeous Sunday spring afternoon. As we hiked up the mountain, the little boy recounted several other experiences when he and his daddy hiked through the woods.
We stopped several times for breaks, taking time out to throw rocks down the side of a cliff and to eat marshmallows by the side of the trail. After we got to the top of the mountain, we turned around and walked home. What a great time spent in the out-of-doors.
Not long after that hiking experience, I was recalling the good time I had and thought about that little boy and all the mountains he will have to climb up in his lifetime. What struggles will he face as he grows up? Will he keep going alone as long as he can reach his goal? Or, will he have to rely on help from other people as he did that day when he was tired and had to ride on his dad's shoulder. I know in my years on this earth, I have had mountains to climb. It may be a rough and rocky road to the top, but once you are there and view the world from the top of the mountain, you feel a real sense of accomplishment. Along the way often I did need help. But without that help I wouldn't have reached the top and succeeded in achieving my goal.
None of us knows what the future holds for today's children. But we should be willing to help them in all the roadblocks that life deals them. I look forward to being able to watch that little boy grow and see him succeed in reaching the tops of the many mountains in his life. Hopefully, if he gets tired or the walking gets rough, he'll ask for a ride on a shoulder. I know that if he perseveres and reaches the top, he'll be excited to see all that there is to see. --Chad Hershberger, Camp Mount Luther Director
Closing: Write down some goals you'd like to see happen to you in the future and who might help you achieve those goals. Then, pray to God for strength to do those things.
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