I stopped caring about my community, my neighbors, and those I serve. I stopped caring today because a once noble profession has become despised, hated, distrusted, and mostly unwanted. I stopped caring today because parents refuse to teach their kids right from wrong and blame us when they are caught breaking the law.
Gregory Crofford reflections climbinghikingLongonotperseveranceteamwork My companions on our November 12, excursion left to right: Ascending to the top of Mt. While you may not need any gear beyond a good pair of running shoes or hiking boots, plenty of water in your backpack, and a camera, reaching the summit of Longonot yields some rich life lessons.
Walking alone is O. Conversation along the path helps pass the time, and when you get tired, an encouraging word from a friend can do wonders.
Sometimes, you can even lend a steadying hand when the path gets too rocky for a fellow-traveler. Be willing to guide another hiker on to the right path. A seasoned hiker on the way up saw that I had taken a wrong turn on the way down, that I was heading for a dead end.
He spoke up, warned me of the danger, and voice-guided me back to the right path. You need nourishment on the trail. Make sure to eat something along the way. I shared a bag of raisins — one of my favorite healthy snacks — and others shared their snacks with me.
One of our group got a burst of energy and blazed ahead. When he realized several of us were taking too long, out of concern, he doubled-back to check on us. Carry a walking stick. Especially on the way down, your legs will weaken since the path is steep and you feel like an wheeler braking as it descends.
The stick helps you balance and takes some of the weight off your legs. And if a snake should appear — always a possibility in Kenya — at least you have a weapon for defense!
I always carry my four iron. The scenic summit makes the tough ascent worth it.
On the way back down, hikers verbally spur on those still struggling to ascend: The air is fresh and the view of the Rift Valley is breathtaking. All the effort pays off. As in hiking, so it is in walking with Christ. The goal for every follower of Christ is eternal fellowship with the Triune God, resurrected life together in a new heaven and a new earth Revelation Shop new, used, rare, and out-of-print books.
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