When to Turn Back

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The Quest for the Summit of Everest

I recently watched a documentary created by Rizza Alee, an 18-year-old mountaineer who filmed his journey climbing mount Everest. He had spent years preparing, dreaming and saving money in an attempt to reach the highest point in the world. The cost of the trip averages between 50 and 75 thousand dollars, not to mention the time, an average of 40 days involved in the climb, and emotional energy invested in the quest to accomplish the dream of a lifetime.


When the Unexpected Happens

Alee shares his experience crossing some of the toughest sections of the mountain to find himself at a crossroads after his oxygen regulator failed. The traffic jam of climbers sharing the same rope created an unsafe experience. Devastated, he listened to his guide who advised him to abort the climb.

He was only 1,000 meters from fulfilling a life-long dream when he decided his life was valuable and Everest would always be there.

When to Turn Back

There will be moments where a lot of money, time and effort have been invested. These might be moments where you get a chance to reach the summit, or they might be the moments when you have to turn back.

Did Alee fail in his attempt to climb Everest?

After contemplating his story, my students and I decided that he did not fail, but spent two months learning resilience, perspective, humility, bravery and found a way to share a story that continues to inspire people to not only reach their goals but realize how valuable life is.


Your Life is Valuable

Your life is valuable. You matter. You have a story to tell. Indeed the very hairs of your head are all numbered (Luke 12:7).


Interested in a Daily Faith Boost?

This post comes from a devotional series called 4:00 AM Faith. It is written each morning and sent in a condensed format to several people. If you are interested in receiving a daily faith boost, email me at lmcdonell2001@yahoo.com and specify if you would like it to be sent as email or text, and if phone number, provide the number.

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