He replied, "Because you have so little faith. I tell you the truth, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, 'Move from here to there and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you - Matthew 17:20 NIV
Our former pastor was a big fan of mountain climbing. As a matter of fact, he was able to scale Mt. Kilimanjaro, which has a height of 19,341 feet (as one who is terrified of heights, I could only imagine) at its summitt. He shared with us how he prepared to make the climb and all the effort that went in to it. His preparation ranged from altitude training to speaking with other more experienced climbers to acquiring the gear needed for the climb. The most important thing was that he started out with smaller climbs in order to acquire the skills needed for Mt Kilimanjaro.
How many of you have Mt Kilimanjaro type goals and dreams that you want to accomplish? Like my former pastor, you need to develop a strategy in order to experience a successful ascent on whatever the goal or dream might be. I utilized a three step process in order to start the ascent for my goals and dreams. The first step involved having the faith to know that I can accomplish the goal or dream. I know that God has provided me with all that I need in the way of talent to succeed. This leads directly into the second step which entails ensuring the goals and dreams that you hope to accomplish align with your skill set and talents. The third step encompasses establishing a relationship with a mentor or a like minded group of individuals that share similar goals and dreams. They can assist you with providing the necessary guidance as you travel up the mountain to reaching your goals. This community of believers will also help to hold you accountable as you start the ascent to the mountaintop. They will also help you celebrate success and be a source of encouragement along the way. I have personally experienced this firsthand along my current journey. I have come in contact with those that have been a source of inspiration and guidance as I began my ascent. Without them, the journey will be that much more difficult. A word of caution to all that harbor dreams and goals; if they are not big enough to cause you to have a lump in your throat when you think about it, or they don't intimidate you, then they may not be big enough. Your goals and dreams, if they are to have an impact on others, need to be large like the mountain that you see in the above image. It is only when you have a large, daunting goal or dream, that you then have to use the faith that comes from knowing Christ and lean on His power in order to accomplish it.
Ken Sadler is a leader of Men's Ministry at a megachurch and has a heart and passion for helping men become the best they can be.