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The alarm went off at 5:00am. It was a special day; my son had asked me to go rock climbing in the Wichita Mountains in southwest Oklahoma. Soon we were on the road. The fall foliage colored the landscape with bright reds and unique yellows, the air – crisp and clean. A perfect day for climbing!

It was a first for me, however, my son Andy is an experienced and talented climber. He led the way as we hiked forty-five minutes across the boulder dotted landscape and finally we arrived at a rock formation called “The Lost Dome.”

Before I knew it I was “on the wall,” making my first ever climb. As I reflected back on my undertaking, I suddenly realized I had learned many valuable lessons. Here’s what I learned:

With proper coaching, you can accomplish great feats

Honestly, I was a little intimidated as I looked up at the 90-foot shear granite wall. However, Andy coached me step by step with my equipment and the climb.

I realized anew how much we need others to help us on the journey of life. Relationships are so important in our development. As a matter of fact we can never become all we were meant to be without other people in our lives. Who are you connected with or who do you NEED to connect with to move forward in your life?

Hard challenges are great morale boosters

I have to admit, about 10 feet up the wall, I was ready to give up. I mean really! My hands hurt from the sharp granite, my toes, legs and arms were throbbing – in harmony!

My thoughts told me…this is not good, a fifty-one year old hanging on the side of a mountain! However, after about 10 minutes of taking it one move at a time, I made it to the top. Boy, did I feel like I had accomplished something!


There is more for each of us to learn in life. There’s more for you to learn in life too. Life affords us lessons everyday, are you learning them?

  • What have you learned today?
  • What kind of people should you connect with to move forward?
  • What is your prayer to God about making changes in your life?


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