How can a man move a mountain?
The answer is simple.
One stone at a time.
But let’s look beyond this for a second, and ask another question.
What are the mountains in our lives?
What are the things that are so troublesome to us that we can’t help but want to get rid of them yet are so large and unbearable that we can not shake or move them?
Whatever that may be, the answer will always be the same.
We all have mountains that we want to move in our lives but the only way we can tackle the seemingly impossible challenges asked of us on a daily basis is to take it on one piece at a time.
No great mountain was ever climbed in a single day, no great war was won in an hour, no great breach of trust was ever forgiven in a minute.
To move a formidable mountain, it takes time, and that can be challenging.
We in our limited understanding often expect the most difficult circumstances in our lives to simply vanish all at once without our having to deal with them ourselves.
Yet the issue with simply wishing for all of our problems to disappear that when that wish is granted, we don’t learn how to deal with caused the problem in the first place and because of that, it could always come back and torment us again.
Give a man a fish, and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish, and you feed him for a lifetime.
Solve a man’s problem, and you save him for a day. Teach a man to solve his problems and you save him for a lifetime.
The biggest problems we face in our lives are often are biggest opportunities for growth and development, however, we can not grow if we constantly hope that our prayers are always answered because if we are simply given what we want, without the need to focus and apply ourselves, we can never learn to solve our problems for ourselves and therefore, we will always be afraid of them.
And whatever a person fears, has power over him.
God loves us too much to allow us to live our lives fearful and powerless towards all the difficulties we must endure.
He loves us far too much for that.
So ask not “do for me” but instead ask “strengthen me to do for myself”, for as we find the strength from above to do for ourselves, we find that we are able to rise above the many problems we face in our lives so that they are not only no longer a serious concern to our peace of mind but also rendered completely powerless to keep us from living the lives we want to live and being the people we want to be.
When we focus not on having the mountain moved for us but on moving it for ourselves, one stone at a time, we find the strength to not only move all the mountains we find in our lives presently, but also the strength to move all those that are still to come down the road.
1 Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, 2 through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand. And we boast in the hope of the glory of God. 3 Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; 4 perseverance, character; and character, hope.
Move one stone a day, and in time, your mountain is gone.