The Climb by Lori Hadorn-Disselkamp

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Our lives are like the largest playground ever, filled with equipment of every type; swings, sliding boards, see saws, fake rock walls and other climbing equipment. Our children play on it all.They run through the equipment as they play freeze tag and challenge themselves on the equipment. The climbs are usually the most challenging. The playground helps in fundamental ways for our children to tackle life head on. Children run straight to the thing that gives them the most pleasure usually the item that they have conquered and feel most confident.

In our lives we exist on that playground. When we wake up in the morning how often do we decide we want to take a challenge and climb to the top of something we know will be difficult? How often do we wake up and want a normal low key day full of the swings, cool, refreshing yet “the same old” routine? Sometimes we think let’s take a slide and have a little more fun today but let’s not make it difficult. Life throws challenges our way through our family, children and work places that we would most likely not have chosen freely. Challenges we must climb if we want to succeed in any way. The majority of us are just happy with the everyday swings or see saws, they are easy, reliable and we have conquered them before.

God challenges us if we listen in the breaking of the dawn by whispering “today try climbing something new, try helping someone, try going outside your comfort zone and accepting everyone, try loving everyone you see today, try locking eyes with a stranger, try being kind, try to not talk about anyone except with care and kindness, try loving with actions those who don’t love you back, today try the climb.” We rarely hear the challenge because we don’t pause to listen or we think that post we read about kindness on face book or in the newspaper doesn’t really apply to “me”. The climb will make us sweaty, uncomfortable, out of breath and what if we don’t make it to the top and we feel defeated, what then?

Tomorrow morning after your alarm clock goes off stay in bed for a minute or two and listen, pause, lay there and listen. Wait a moment before your day begins and consider your thoughts is God asking you to climb somehow, to take a new challenge? Will you do it? Will you step outside of your comfort zone? Tomorrow listen and choose to climb.

Copyright 2010 Lori Hadorn-Disselkamp

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Lori Hadorn-Disselkamp is first and foremost a mother of four children under the age of 17. She has been married to the love of her life, Aaron, for over 19 years. Lori has been writing at her own website Faith Filled Mom for over 6 years. She writes about the journey of faith we live daily and how we can recognize God in this world. She has completed her 3rd year of teaching theology at a high school level and is also a current student of Loyola University Extension Program of Ministry earning a Master’s Degree in Religious Education. Her life is busy, exciting, overwhelming at times but always bursting with her faith in God. Lori hopes that you will find something that might touch your heart in her writing so that she can continue to pursue her purpose in life; to bring people closer to God one word, one moment at a time.

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  1. Thank you for this, Lori! I too find that taking a quiet moment to pray and listen in bed in the morning helps me orient my day towards God. Sometimes I forget to do it (like when my son wakes me up and needs the potty!), but it is always great to listen to those little whispers from God.

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