Archive for July, 2011

Investing

// July 20th, 2011 // No Comments » // Climbing

As I gear up for my annual fourteeners trip (a trip where I take a small group of high school grads into Colorado’s peaks for a week of backpacking and peak-bagging) I can’t help but think of my past and my first trip into these mountains and how it changed my life.  I think of my mentors and the time they invested in me leading, teaching, and having fun.  These role models invested in me something of far greater value than a stack of dollars.  They gave me perspective, challenged me physically, spiritually, relationally and helped me to develop character.  That investment is now paying dividends as I look to pass on the things that I have been taught and learned along the way, sometimes the hard way.

People often ask why.  “Why go into the mountains to accomplish this?”  In the mountains comforts are removed, distraction of our everyday lives can no longer claim our attention and we are forced to face ourselves, those around us, and even a challenge as big as a mountain.  Getting out forces us out of our comfort zones and puts us in a position to give and to trust.  The bigger the undertaking the more it will require of us.  The way the weather forecast looks I know this week will certainly challenge our resolve and our character and I hope that on the other end when it is all said and done the investment in this challenge and in each other will have caused us all to grow.

“I tell you the truth, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘move from there’ and it will move.  Nothing will be impossible for you.”  Matthew 17:20

Confidence in Things We Do Not See

// July 12th, 2011 // No Comments » // Uncategorized

Otherwise known as hope.  Just a quick word of encouragement today – Do you live expectantly?  That is to say say do you really have hope?  It is easy to get sidetracked, distracted, lost, and confused when things are going poorly, but the worst thing we can do is to lose hope.  We gotta hang on to it even when all seems lost.  It allows us to get up from the bed, take that next step, face a new day.

I like to think that even when I am feeling blue, at a loss, and am looking up at a huge obstacle, that buried deep somewhere inside of me is a sense of hope.  Expectation that things will improve, that like a lightning bolt things can change.  Well just the other day I got a phone call from a friend that gave me just that kind of a jolt.  The ideas he spoke of may or may not come to fruition, but perhaps what I needed most from that call anyway was to know that a friend thought that through me there existed some possibilities.  And today I have hope.

My plan – to pass it on.

August Event with Philip Yancey – Snowmass

// July 7th, 2011 // No Comments » // Events

Coming up August 6th and 7th I will have the opportunity to share with the Aspen/Snowmass community alongside my friend and fellow author Philip Yancey.
Philip will share on Saturday and I will share on Sunday afternoon.  There are other events as well so take a look at the link below and see if this might be a fun getaway for you.

http://rockandice.com/upcomingclimbingevents/4-meetingseminar/89-eric-alexander-and-philip-yancey-present-two-workshops-at-snowma

 

Independence Day

// July 4th, 2011 // No Comments » // Getting biblical, Uncategorized

Here it is July 4th, and we are celebrating Independence Day.  First of all let me thank those who fight, those who have fought and those who have given life and limb to serve us regardless of whether we are grateful or not.  They fight for the ideal that this country was founded on: one nation under God, indivisible, with liberty, and justice for all.  Allowing us to pursue life liberty and happiness as an individual right.

That said, I must admit I don’t feel the joy I did when I was younger, I don’t feel the same sense of pride, and I have more questions than ever as to where the leadership of this nation is taking us and has been for some time.  Independence?  I don’t see it.  Our debt is owned by the Chinese so in essence, they own us; Our phone calls are taken by Indians which take our jobs away – rather we give away; our products are designed in Japan, made in taiwan, assembled in Mexico, shipped to China and sold back to us; our labor force is largely illegal; most of our oil comes from a region outside of our borders and is sold at a high price with a general disdain for us; and the list goes on and on.  It makes me ask the question: are we really independent?  Are we not more dependent than ever on others?  Where does that leave us and what does this kind of future look like?  Where has that fighting independent American spirit gone?  We would rather  solve our fights by litigation than we would by standing strong in a real fight.  I feel as time goes on we get weaker, slowly caving in to the control of the UN, relinquishing our national sovereignty and reducing the power of our constitution and our people.

There may be a time coming to stand up and fight once again for our independence, but I don’t know that there are enough in this country who truly care and understand the sacrifices made by those who have served and died for this ideal.  What would you die for?  Who would you die for?  I think it is time America to once again stand strong and independent, to get back on our knees and humble ourselves before God and ask for his mercy and forgiveness.  So this Independence day let’s start with a prayer and celebrate unity, one nation under God, instead of diversity without him.  God bless the USA.