One Step at a Time

I once read an account of a person who climbed to the top of Mount Kilimanjaro, which is one of the Seven Summits of the world. As the person told the story of the trip, he spoke of how difficult it was to continue by the time his group got close to the top of the mountain. Everyone was cold. Everyone was tired. Everyone was struggling to make it. So, as they got ready to leave for their final ascent to reach the top, their guide gave them a two-word pep talk, “Keep walking.” Most people, including myself, may never climb one of the Seven Summits, but I believe all people eventually know how it feels to be on the verge of giving up. People struggle with pain and illness. People struggle with sorrow and grief. People struggle with death and fear. Even people of strong faith go through times of trouble, and sometimes feel like they just can’t go any farther. So, as we come toward the end of the book of Luke, we are going to see that Jesus himself struggled at times. We will consider how hard it can be to stay on the path of Christ; we will acknowledge there are times when it is difficult to keep putting one foot in front of the other; and, we will commit ourselves to following Jesus, One Step at a Time.

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