Those words haven't left my mind since they were said during a conversation at work the other day. A friend and I were talking about sin.
Although I'm not tempted by alcohol, smoking, or drugs, I am seriously tempted by the desire to eat too much, to turn to food for emotional "comfort", to eat whenever I want, to be lazy, and to put myself down (among a billion other temptations). Those temptations make up my mountain. They're what I struggle with the most. They seem to consume me all the time and I'm constantly trying to overcome them.
I climb my mountain daily. Some days I make a ton of progress and I feel like I'm on top of the world! Other days, it seems like finding enough oxygen to stand to my feet is a victory in itself.
I've felt alone on my mountain. I've felt really supported there, too. I've really enjoyed the view and taking notice of how much progress I've made. But sometimes I lose focus and struggle to find my way back to the path that leads to the top - to my dream of overcoming. I know God is always with me on my mountain, even when it seems as though He's silent or far away. He's always there, just waiting for me to turn my eyes back to Him.
Today, I will begin reading Lysa Terkeurst's book 'Made to Crave', "Satisfying your deepest desire with God not food." I want to conquer this mountain... and I know I can - AND WILL - with God's help!
"No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; He will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, He will also provide a way out so that you can endure it." 1 Corinthians 10:13
What's your mountain?