I would love to think that I can use my life to move mountains – figuratively speaking, of course. On my best days, in my high-energy moments, I feel compelled to aim to change the world…as cheesy as that may sound. And like most, I spend a great deal of time talking about what I want to do rather than actually doing it.
Talk is cheap. What’s the point of setting a goal if all you do is talk about the fact that you set that goal? Having a goal in mind is pointless if you take no action to reach it. Similarly, talking ABOUT the mountains in our lives – be it the ones we want to move to change the world or the ones we need to move in order to merely keep putting one foot in front of the other – does us no good. Instead of turning to the person next to us and talking about the mountains in our lives, complaining about situations which aren’t ideal, things we wish were different, things we would like to change, goals, dreams, heartaches, etc. Let’s stand face to face with our mountains and talk TO them.
Speak TO the mountains in your life rather than ABOUT the mountains in your life. Your mouth is a pen and your heart is the paper. Save your breath – save some space on that single sheet of paper you have with which to write your story. Speak words of life, encouragement, love, compassion, empathy, forgiveness, grace, and on and on.
When we focus on the mountains looming over us, often times we are feeling defeated, low in spirit, hope, and energy. When that happens why would we turn to those around us, who are all facing their own mountains, and spend time and even more energy, complaining about the negativity in our lives? From my own personal experience, complaining to others only makes me focus on the negativity surrounding me and not only does it deplete me of precious energy – it weighs others down as well.
Turn to God. Turn to the only one who can truly help you turn your dreams into reality. The only one who can save you from yourself. The only one who can literally move those mountains in our lives. We can’t climb those mountains without His help. And we definitely can’t be seeking out the Lord’s guidance and support if we turn to others around us first to utter words of negativity and hopelessness.
Make sure the story you’re writing on your own heart is one you’d be proud to have others read. Speak life out loud to others, and internally to yourself. Mountains can only be conquered when we’re hand in hand with Christ. Without Him, all hope is lost. Put on your hiking boots, suit up in your winter gear – maybe you’re facing the Alps, maybe you can throw on some flip flops and stroll through rolling hills at a leisurely pace – whatever the environment or nature of your mountain may be currently, it’s impossible to make the climb without our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.
“For, whoever desires to love life and see good days, let him keep his tongue from evil and his lips from speaking deceit.” – 1 Peter 3:10
Missing my Virginia mountains ❤