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Conquering Mountains

Conquering Mountains

I passed the half-century mark a few years ago. My friends and I shared laughs about getting old – mostly at my expense. I reminded them, “I can’t be over the hill, I’ve never been on top!” In fact, I am now certain I’m not over “the hill,” for there are whole mountain ranges yet to explore.

Sir Edmund Hillary once said, “It is not the mountain we conquer but ourselves.” He knew that it is not the circumstances that dictate our lives but our response to them. When faced with daunting mountains; whether they are Mt. Everest or equally challenging peaks like chronic health problems, job layoffs, depression, anxiety, marital conflicts, or other painful struggles; our human response is to avoid, get angry, focus on unfairness, rationalize our way out of it or to give up. Scaling insurmountable circumstances is an internal battle between our fears and our perspective.

The Apostle Paul knew about overwhelming circumstances and keeping an eternal perspective. He wrote, “I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory that is to be revealed to us” (Romans 8:18). God’s grace gives us the eternal perspective – that God is for us (Romans 8:31) and He is bigger than any circumstances (Philippians 4:12-13). So when we set our minds on the things eternal (Colossians 3:2) we can scale the insurmountable circumstances (Romans 8:37).

Daunting mountains and undefeatable circumstances are rarely, if ever, overcome on our own. Sir Edmund Hillary reached the highest spot on earth with the help of a dedicated and skilled expeditionary team. We need others – sometimes a trusted specialist, to see us through the most difficult parts of the journey. The Christian counselors at CHARIS are those specialists – dedicated to helping people scale the overwhelming peaks in life. We offer compassionate understanding, God’s grace and His wisdom whatever the circumstances. Through the process of counseling, the eternal perspective of God’s grace is regained for the journey to the top.

With God’s eternal perspective and with the right team, it’s not being over the hill that is difficult – it’s finding a mountain high enough to climb!


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Bart Fowler
Bart Fowler

Dr. Fowler is a licensed psychologist and the executive director of CHARIS Counseling Associates. He is devoted to helping people thrive instead of just survive so they may live out the fullness of what God intends for their lives. He may be reached at 360-891-2000 x109.