“Tell the story of the mountain that you have climbed. Your words could be a page in someone else’s survival guide.” – Morgan Harper Nichols

This is one of my most favorite quotes. I stumbled upon it while absentmindedly scrolling through my Pinterest feed late at night. I read it once, read it twice, then proceeded to read it over and over again. While reading this quote, one particular experience came to mind. I pictured myself climbing Mount. Baldy, a small, yet treacherous, mountain located near the Frio River. My first thought was “Wow, climbing mountains is NOT my thing. I mean, I must have fallen at least ten times, scraped my knees, and tripped over numerous rocks. It was ROUGH.”

But, I originally climbed that mountain with a goal in mind. I had heard from my friends and family that the view from the peak of this mountain was gorgeous. It was something that I wanted to see for myself. To do that, I had to climb the mountain. I had to traverse the difficult path, I had to stand firm, I had to put forth my best effort, and then I could tell someone else of its beauty. I could speak of the wonders that I saw there. And, maybe, just maybe, the person whom I would tell would want to climb the mountain, too. My story would help that person know that though the trek was difficult, and at times painful, it was survivable, and even beautiful.

The same is true of the adventures that we take here on Earth. As God’s children, we are sometimes asked to follow Him off the beaten path into an unknown, unfamiliar, and even scary territory. We can take comfort in knowing that God is holding us, sustaining us, and guiding us every step of the way as we climb the mountain of life. And, at every turn, each believer has a story to tell. That is, the story of salvation that can be found in Jesus.

So, go forth and tell of the mountains that you have climbed and the valleys through which you have walked. Tell of the joys, the hardships, and everything in between. Do not be ashamed of your story. Instead, tell it for God’s glory. You could be the light in the darkness to someone in need. So, don’t be afraid to go forth and see just how amazing your story can be.

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