So I picked my photo, congrats to me – haha! I chose this particular photo because it reminds me of a day that I felt surprisingly POWERFUL and VICTORIOUS. I’m not a very “outdoorsy” person, I can be fairly athletic and somewhat coordinated, but I don’t really enjoy participating in sports. I’m not fast, athletically strategic, and well…….I’ll be honest, I don’t tolerate discomfort well. However, I can be competitive and more specifically, self-competitive.
On the morning of this photo, I and a bunch classmates (of all ages) in a summer ministry class were challenged, rather, assigned to climb a mountain to push our limits and get out of our “comfort zone”. Surprisingly, my first gut reaction was to “go for it”……..until…..I got to the foot of the steep mountain and then I had second thoughts! Being one of the more “middle-aged” participants I just envisioned myself failing at this task, passing out and having to be carried off the mountain – embarrassing! But that self-competitive mode kicked in and I made the decision that I was NOT going to give into the fear of failure, not that morning!! So I paired myself with my friend, who herself, is super competitive, and because looking at the top of the mountain was overwhelming, I purposed myself to keep my head down and just take down that mountain step by step.
Did I stop a couple of times to catch my breath? Yup! Did my legs burn and feel like rubber? Surprisingly, no! You see, here is the secret I learned that day: I AM STRONGER THAN I THINK I AM. I marched to my own pace and I made it to the top. I made it to the top just after my teenage classmates!!! I was SO proud of myself!! In fact, every single one of my classmates made it to the top, and it was an awesome exercise for us because it changed our view about ourselves FOREVER!
Today, I know there is something that you’ve been afraid to start, but don’t look at the top of your mountain. Keep your head down, take it step by step, pause to take a breather when you need it and CONQUER that mountain! YOU ARE STRONGER THAN YOU THINK YOU ARE!
-Tessa L. Charles
-Tessa L. Charles