Sir Edmund Hillary tells this story in his autobiography. “My confidence received another blow when in the first week the muscle-bound gymnastics instructor cast his jaundiced eye over my scrawny physique, rolled his eyes to the heavens, and muttered, ‘what will they send me next?’ No believer in sparing his victim any discomfort, he told me my ribs flared out in a most unnatural fashion, my back needed straightening, and my shoulders were rounded. He placed me in the misfit class with the other physical ‘freaks’. I never got over this sense of physical inferiority. I was never ashamed of what I could actually do, but only about the miserable way I looked. I started in one of the lowest classes.”
Ed Hillary would end up becoming the first man to stand on the summit of Mt. Everest. Though, he started in the lowest class for his peer group, he would become one of the most accomplished and physically fit men in the world. On May 29th, 1953, he stood on top of the world. He might have started at the lowest class, but he ended up being at the top.
In life, it is never about where someone starts the journey. It is not about the starting point, but about the ending point. In the Christians walk with God, some people start with very little. There were no Bible classes, or Christian morals in the home. Some people begin with a strong Christian family, being involved in a healthy congregation, and continue to travel far on the walk. Unfortunately, some people who start ahead of the curve never travel far because of a sense of entitlement.
The top for all men and women is serving the Lord. It is not earthly success, but heavenly success. Success is contributing to the kingdom, and becoming a person in the mold of Jesus Christ. Even at the very top of the world, Sir Edmund Hillary took the time to place a cross at the summit. This makes sense; the highest object on earth is the cross. We all strive to be the most mature Christian possible. This is the ultimate goal for humanity.
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