Hills of Life

Please read 2 Corinthians 4: it ends with "That is why we never give up. Though our bodies are dying, our inner strength in the Lord is growing every day. These troubles and sufferings of ours are, after all, quite small and won't last long. Yet this short time of distress will result in God's richest blessing upon us forever and ever! So we do not look at what we can see right now, the troubles all around us, but we look forward to the joys in heaven which we have not yet seen. The troubles will soon be over, but the joys to come will last forever."

2 Corinthians 4:16-18 (TLB)

C. Jennings lives in Ontario, Canada. When he was in high school, they had "hills day." A group of them jogged to a hill that overlooks a lake, and the coach called out, "Ten times, up and down." The first two laps were invigorating because the group tacked the hill together. But by lap nine, C. Jennings was alone, his sides ached, and he gasped for breathe; he wanted to give up. Though only creeping forward, he forced one foot in front of the other, determined to finish.When he reached the top of the hill for the tenth time, he looked out across the expanse of the lake. It stretched so far that it made him - and the hill - seem small.

Years later, he saw how much the hill was similar to life. Sometimes life is fun, like the jog from the school to the hill. At other times putting one foot in front of the other is grueling. When we do face the hills of life, we can focus on Christ, who climbed a hill and carried a cross for us, giving us the hope of eternity. As we do, our trials look smaller.

Prayer: Dear Father, help us to lift our eyes to you in challenging times. Remind us that our earthly troubles will seem small when we stand in the presence of Your glory, in Jesus' name, amen.

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