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Topic: Camping (07/11/05)
TITLE: More than a Conqueror
By Kevin Kindrick
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The rope running through my harness was little comfort as I began my first Australian-style rappel. Instead of sliding down backwards, I was walking face-first down the rock, and every nerve in my body was screaming its terror. “Are you insane,” my body seemed to be screaming, “you could get me killed!”
Many people in similar positions have frozen in panic, unable to move, and I nearly gave into that myself, but I willed my body to press on, remembering that, “God has not given us a spirit of fear, but a spirit of power, of love, and of a sound mind.” There are those who would say that what I did that morning was sure evidence that my mind was nowhere near sound – but I beg to differ.
This was the morning ending a guy’s camping trip with my team at Montana Master’s Commission, and one theme that was held throughout these trips was pressing through barriers – learning what it means to be a man. This Australian rappel was one such learning experience.
I was learning to conquer fear – a powerful opponent. I wasn’t simply conquering fear so I could walk down a rock face, I was more than a conqueror, because the boldness I was gaining on that rock would carry over to my spiritual life. Once you’ve stepped off of a cliff edge with nothing but a half-inch thick rope keeping you from plummeting to your death, witnessing to a stranger doesn’t seem quite so bad, somehow.
All of our experiences – each and every one – carry over into our spiritual lives. Whether the lessons are for good or bad, we are changed; and that day, on that rock, I was a conqueror, and more than a conqueror.
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