On Your Own


If you were going to climb a pretty tall mountain, what would you take with you?

How would you dress?

Whatever you might list as clothing essentials for your trip, most of the articles would be fail to be as important as  your shoes.

Think of it—climbing up the mountain wearing a special, pocketed vest to hold important items, a hat to shield you from the sun, rugged trousers, a good belt—you’re all set, right?

There’s just one problem, though.

You’re barefooted….

“I can do this,” you think.

The first hour or so of incline isn’t so bad.

But little by little, the path becomes more rocky.

The terrain before you promises only to be worse.

So, what do you do?

You resolve to keep going, ignoring the pain and focusing on how smart you were to have brought a hat and worn study pants.

Another hour goes by, but your pace has slowed.

Occasionally, you have seen other climbers passing you by.

They were wearing hiking boots….

Isn’t it strange how we would never set out to climb a mountain barefooted, yet we think we can ascend through life without God’s help, determined to believe that we have secured all the help that we might need on our own?

Even when things get tough, we resolve to keep going, ignoring the pain and focusing on how smart we were to have planned for our lives on our own, doing only what we thought was best, without including Him.

Proverbs 3:5-6 instructs us:

Trust in the Lord with all your heart,
And lean not on your own understanding;
 In all your ways acknowledge Him,
And He shall direct your paths.


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on your own