I can remember it as it were yesterday. We were in boot camp at Paris Island and it was time to hit the obstacle course. There it was in front of me, what looked like a 50 foot wall we had to climb over. Now I had been in football, basketball and baseball camps, trained very hard but for some reason that wall became my enemy.
For several weeks I failed to make it over and the DI, Sgt. Martin was on me incessantly about it (any former Marines understand what I mean by incessantly). Finally I made it over, and that's the operative words of this blog: "I made it over". No one bailed me out, Sgt. Martin didn't assist me, my fellow Marines didn't lift me over...I had to do it myself. Why? Because each man has to carry his own weight in combat or it weighs down your fellow man from doing his own job, thus you become a liability rather than an asset.
We all have walls that are fearful and seem impossible to conquer. But a part of leaping over each situation is our participation. We need to understand that by doing the leg work, God adds the solution. That leg work may be by working, training, studying, etc. but in each case we are learning how to get over that wall. If others are always pushing us over, we never learn what is required to make it over, thus we become dependent on outward sources to provide inward solutions.
I had to get over that wall, so I would learn how to get over future walls that would come before me. Sure, God has played a major role in leaping over many new walls, but he needed me to believe I could make it over to help me. Confidence is built by faith.
In this new series, each Sunday is designed to help us learn how to "Leap Over A Wall". But first, we must be willing, we must participate in the process because, as in my case, we don't want those Sgt. Martin's screaming words of "encouragement" at us every minute because we have failed. As the Lord says, "What is impossible for man, is possible for God".
Our goal at ATB is to help you get to that wall, to face it, but you must get over it by yourself, and with your God by your side it is entirely possible, but you must believe that you can, and He will help you leap!
Join us for our Open House this Sunday (9-10 AM) and many Sundays thereafter.
Glenn is an ex-Marine Viet Nam vet who is also a recovering alcoholic, clean and sober for 30 years. He has been involved in start up and ongoing recovery ministry at North Atlanta Church and Campus for the last two decades. He has a passion for outreach and to spread the message that the answer to lasting and fulfilling recovery from addiction is in a relationship with Jesus Christ. He and the ATB team are available to assist in your questions or needs on an individual basis and will do so maintaining complete confidentiality. You may e-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org.