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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 2 – Intermediate)
Topic: Camping (07/11/05)

TITLE: More than a Conqueror
By Kevin Kindrick


I stood on the brink of a 60-foot drop down a sheer rock face to hard, hard ground. My legs were shaking with fear, my palms were clammy, but I had to do it. Finally, taking a deep breath, I stepped off.
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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Phyllis Inniss 07/19/05
Great achievement and you are right. Every experience changes you and should make you more ready for the spiritual life. Congratulations on conquering your fear that day.
Debra Bowers07/19/05
"Thank You" This was especially inspirational for me today! Great Faith Writing!
Nina Phillips07/19/05
Great story. Whew! good description of facing the enemy too.
God bless ya, littlelight
Tammy Johnson07/20/05
Loved the content! Great message and parallel. Logistic comment - break it up with double space between paragraphs to make more readable. I thought it flowed pretty well. Nice.
Amy Brown07/21/05
Wow, that's quite a challenge! Training yourself with the tangible physical to better understand and live the spiritual.
Shari Armstrong 07/22/05
Oh wow -my stomach knotted up just thinking about it! I did try rock wall climbing one time at an indoor wall, when I worked in childcare. The kids talked me into trying it - didn't get very far! bad neck and back lol -plus I used to have nightmares of falling of ladders backwards. Very good lesson (one I'm not quite ready for -even thought I stopped having the nightmares). Great!
Val Clark07/24/05
Well written devotional. Do follow Tammy's advice to make it a more enjoyable read.
dub W07/24/05
Good devotional, break into paragraphs for easier reading.