After 10 days in Hawaii it’s nice to be back home to enjoy the autumn colors of the Pacific Northwest. While in Honolulu I was called in to be on a show for Trinity Broadcast Network. JoAnna ended up being on the show with me, which was cool because so many women always want to know her perspective. Plus she’s a Christian counselor and is able to help others with struggles like fear and anxiety. I was super proud of her for being on the show, since it can be nerve racking once the cameras go live.
Since I got back from Everest and started speaking to large groups I’ve realized that a lot of people struggle. During my TBN interview we touched on this as there are so many dealing with issues in their lives. I survived my scenario on Everest for a reason and I’m continually reminded why, as I’m humbly able to touch the lives of others. Don’t get me wrong, I’m as flawed as the next guy, which I think helps people relate to me. When I look back as to how I got down from the summit blind and alone it really comes down to two things: focus and faith. I didn’t panic at the situation, instead I focused on what had to be done to survive. One step at a time I inched my way down from 29,035′. During this time I never lost my faith. I felt a tangible presence with me the entire journey and at 27,500′ when I ran out of supplemental oxygen I surrendered to God. I could no longer do it on my own and I asked for help. I was then overcome with unexplained energy and life. An oxygen bottle that had previously failed began to work. Without overthinking it I continued my focused movements to get down to high camp. After 30+ exhausting hours of climbing I made it safely to others at the bottom of the death zone (26,000′). I never gave up my focus or faith and I’m now here to tell the story and continue my journey through life.
We all hurt. We all struggle. If not today, we will tomorrow or the next day. It’s human nature and we live in a society that has too high of standards for anyone to live up to. Each day we must put one foot in front of the other, keep our focus and never give up on faith. Hard times will come (and many times compile all at once), but eventually we get past the pain and can celebrate the glory. I know it’s easier said than done, but focusing on smaller tasks can help build a more attainable plan of success. Simplify the plan, execute the tasks and reflect on your successes.
“But the one who endures to the end will be saved.” Matthew 24:13