A couple of years ago my brother in law had the brilliant idea to climb half dome, in Yosemite valley. We were there on a family vacation and he thought it would be fun. So one morning at 5am my dad, Jeremy and I set out on this journey. We were doing great, before we knew it we had reached the top of vernal falls, and then Nevada falls. At this point in the journey we hit new territory for me. The walk through little Yosemite valley was beautiful, it is now probably my favorite place in Yosemite. Then we hit the switchbacks. I was exhausted we were about 5 miles in with 3 to go. I remember thinking, "one foot in front of the other, one foot in front of the other." After a long hard climb, we made it. As I sat at the top, a scary thought crossed my mind. "I have just given my all to get up here, I am wiped out, and now I have to hike the 8 miles back to camp, somebody call the helicopter."
My own experiences with discipleship can be a lot like this hike. Someone encourages me to go farther and longer with God than I ever have before. I start out strong, working hard, moving quick. I see new things I have never seen before. Eventually I begin to get weary. Now comes the choice. Do I quit here and go home, or do I just keep going, "one foot in front of the other."
Sadly I have seen many Christians quit when they get weary, and they never get to see the view from the top. But again it does not end at the top, we must keep going. Now it is time to hike back to the bottom, grab a friend and do it all over again!
How is your discipleship journey, do you sprint and quit, or are you in it for the long haul?