Falling and Believing

Falling is an inevitable part of climbing; that's why we climb with ropes. In climbing, we discover that we have reached (or gone just beyond) our limit when we can't hold on to the rock features any more and we have to weight the rope and the rest of the gear. Of the countless times that I've fallen on various climbs in pursuit of getting better, there are still a few falls that I can look back on and remember vividly... perhaps because I wanted it more than usual, or perhaps it was unexpected and startled me.

It is not uncommon for our program participants to need to weight the rope because of the difficulty of a climb, fatigue, or just nervousness. One thing I have noticed is that many, if not most, do the same thing when they at first rest their full weight on the rope... they look up. Not up at the sky but at the rope and anchor above them. They are looking at the system (and it's pieces) which they are entrusting themselves to. The relevance of the rope's integrity suddenly becomes of utmost importance. Though they chose to trust the system even before they stepped off the ground, as dependence becomes a reality, their focus rests sharply on the object of their trust.

Do you see it?... the glaring parallel to our day to day life? We all make a choice to believe and trust in certain things somewhere along the way. But great need, or a fall, often causes us to reexamine that which we have put our trust in. Challenges circumstances in life draw our attention sharply to those things which we, at some point, decided to believe would hold us up when everything else fails. 

What does your attention snap to when hardship strikes? When you fall, what do you look to in order to sustain and keep you safe? At AML, one of our core values is Belief. We advocate bold and consistent action based upon the conviction of belief... and we are committed to encouraging the ongoing process of examining, refining, and understanding foundational beliefs. Servant leaders have to know what they believe.