This year has witnessed a tremendous feat of fortitude, endurance and determination. Richard Parks, a former Welsh International Rugby player, who had only four caps because of serious injury, set himself a tremendous objective. In order to raise 1 million pounds for a cancer charity, he undertook within 7 months to scale the highest mountain on each of the world’s continents, and reach both poles. Seven mountains in seven months! He had never climbed a mountain, and prepared for the feat by training on the mountains of North Wales. To conquer Everest and the two poles would have been extraordinary, but to continue and add six other peaks was amazing. He completed the challenge by reaching the summit of Mount Elbous in Russia.
The spirit of man is indomitable, and can overcome danger, exhaustion and fear. He can even leave his footprint on the moon. The Christian has his challenges too. He, or she, can do mighty things for God. A mere twelve apostles “turned the world upside down.” That was not through physical ability and power, but simply by the obedience of faith. One man wrote, “If you do what God wants you to do, you can set the world on fire.” But the Apostle Paul wrote, “I can do all things through Christ who strengtheneth me” (Phil 4:13).
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