As Thoughts Turn to Closure of this Year

My dear friend Pam sent this strong sentiment to me two weeks ago as I was preparing for the final defense of my dissertation. This devotional gave me the centering grounding to pursue a the path of new experience. It is appropriate now too, as thoughts turn toward the closure of this year and the energy needed to begin a new year.

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Be willing to keep climbing this high mountain with Me. Sometimes you look back nostalgically at a long-ago stage of your journey. You yearn for that easier, less complicated time in your life. But I want you to recognize it for what it was: a base camp. It was a time and place of preparation for the arduous adventure ahead of you. The mountain you are climbing is exceedingly high; the top of it is hidden in clouds. So it’s impossible for you to know how far up those heights you have come-and how far you have yet to go. However, the higher you go, the better view you have. Although each day is a challenge and you often feel weary, take time to enjoy the magnificent scenery! This journey with Me is training you to see from a heavenly perspective that transcends your circumstances. The higher up the mountain you climb, the steeper and more challenging your path becomes-but the greater your adventure as well. Remember that the higher you my with Me, the closer you get to your ultimate goal-the heights of heaven! Now after six days Jesus took Peter, James, and John his brother, led them up on a high mountain by themselves; and He was transfigured before them. His face shone like the sun, and His clothes became as white as the light. – Matthew 17:1-2 – The Lord God is my Strength, my personal bravery, and my invincible army; He makes my feet like hinds’ feet and will make me to walk [not to stand still in terror, but to walk] and make [spiritual] progress upon my high places [of trouble, suffering, or responsibility]! –Habakkuk 3:19 amp Our citizenship is in heaven. And we eagerly await a Savior from there, the Lord Jesus Christ,�who, by the power that enables him to bring everything under his control, will transform our lowly bodies so that they will be like his glorious body. –Philippians 3:20

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