Lessons From The Mountain

Several years ago, and I mean several, I climbed Mt. Katahdin at the end of the Appalachian Trail in Central Maine. The mountain is one mile high and honestly I did not start with an overly positive attitude toward the goal. We started real early in the morning and reached the summit at about 1:00 pm.  The view from the top was exhilarating and worth the effort – getting there was the problem.

We took the less difficult trail to the summit because climbing The Chimney and crossing Knife’s Edge was out of the question for me. Along the way the climbing became difficult and in places only sheer determination allowed for success. In fact, at one juncture my climbing companion had to drag me up and over. Exhaustion became an enemy as we descended – we had to reach our automobile before dark. A dwindling water supply became another obstacle in our race to leave the mountain. As I took refuge in my home, at the end of the day tired and sore, I had satisfaction with achieving a life-long personal goal.

Homeless people have many obstacles to overcome as they reach for life-long personal goals. Some of those obstacles include but are not limited to; developing a positive attitude, exhaustion from being homeless, and finding life essentials. There are occasions when they need encouragement from a companion or someone to drag them up and over. I hope they will look back, when homelessness is but a distant memory, with a sense of real achievement at overcoming the obstacles of homelessness.

Conquering homelessness happens inside of a compassionate support system. The staff of West Virginia Rescue Ministries compassionately encourages recovery and is the necessary support system.

We greatly appreciate the support of friends, family, churches, and community in making redemptive recovery a reality for many. We ask you to join us in being a companion in their struggle to make a better life.   Visit us at www.wvrescue.org to participate with this ministry and remember Matt 25:40 “The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’