Reaching New Heights

roller coasterSeveral years ago I visited an amusement park with a group of people from our church. I was in my thirties at the time, and I had never been on a big roller coaster of any kind. Being slightly afraid of heights, I did not give any thought to the possibility of making this day my first time to ride a roller coaster.

However, when some of my friends who were in their fifties got in line to ride one of the scariest rides I had ever seen, I decided that I wouldn’t let them outdo me. If guys twenty years older than me were going to ride the roller coaster, I was going to ride it too!

So I stood in line with them, dreading what was to come. When it came our turn to get on the ride, dread had turned to fear. The ride was like nothing I had ever experienced before—the anticipation that grew with the slow climb up the hill, the exhilaration of speeding down the incline and looping around twists and turns—it was quite thrilling!

I survived my first roller coaster ride, and continued to ride them occasionally for years after that. I’ve actually had quite a bit of fun on these rides, and I owe it all to some people who led the way.

Walking with Jesus can be frightening at times. Some people might shy away from reaching new spiritual heights. Maybe what they need is someone to show them how it’s done.

“Follow my example, as I follow the example of Christ.”—1 Corinthians 11:1.


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