Starting Out!

Anxiety can paralyze us. It is much easier to relax in our comfort zone. Don’t take risks! Don’t get into something that makes uncomfortable demands on you. That’s the way to be safe. It’s also the surest way to miss adventure, excitement and accomplishment; to miss some of the greatest lessons and experiences of life. If you have a competent guide; he can lead you through dangers, challenges, wonderful sights and sounds, moving with him up and up to new heights and breathtaking views. You have just such a Guide, if you are born again. His name is Jesus! He knows the way. He has ascended the ultimate height and following Him will bring you there. He has all the resources for whatever happens on the upward climb. He knows how to avoid dangerous trails. He has all needed supplies to keep your strength up and imparts courage when your weary steps may falter. He knows how to protect you from unexpected attacks. He is able to cheer you and motivate you, when you “feel” like you can’t take another step. He commends you when you follow His leading. He has planned for wonderful times of rest and renewal. He has adequate water and food for the whole climb. If you wander off, He will go after you and get you back on the main trail. Every step is that much closer to the top. You can look back and be amazed at how far up you have come. Leave the status quo and start out, move up! Get underway! James in Chapter 4, Verse 8 gives us a principle to keep in mind as we follow our Guide, “Draw nigh to God, and He will draw nigh to you.” As you move on and upward, you get to know more and more of God. Could anything be more wonderful than that? Selah! In the second stanza of “Higher Ground,” we have the required mindset for the ascent. Johnson Oatman, Jr. wrote, “My heart has no desire to stay where doubts arise and fears dismay; tho some may dwell where these abound, my prayer, my aim, is higher ground.” Let’s make that our mindset.   Ron

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