North Face Mt Shasta
CONDITIONING for activities that require strength and endurance such as mountaineering is crucial if you want to perform at your best and enjoy the many beauties of the outdoors. But the above will require time and commitment. This principle also holds true with just about anything worthwhile in life.  An example would be preparing for success in a future career. Things like apprenticeships, certifications, advanced degrees, and such, are very important when it come to securing a good paying job. But they all require time and commitment. Other examples would be things like a good marriage, strong family bonds, maintaining a nice home, a backyard garden, and so on, also require time.

But as important as all the above is, there is something even more important for us to consider when it comes to the investment of our time, and that is this: "What kind of time do we spend conditioning for eternity?" You see, if you could imagine a rope, representing a time line, beginning from where you are sitting and then extended all the way out to the furthest point of the universe, then you would get a tiny picture of the amount of time it takes to make up eternity.  It's endless!  Now lets take a look at the end of the rope that begins at where you are sitting. The first 1/4 inch of length is colored red and the rest of it is all white. That first 1/4 inch of rope represents your time here on earth.

The Bible describes that first quarter inch of rope as follows: "LORD, make me to know my end, and what is the measure of my days, that I may know how frail I am. Indeed, You have made my days no longer than my hand, and my age is as nothing before You; each mans life is but a vapor." Psalm  39:4-5    So what is the timespan of this life here on earth? "It is a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes." James 4:14b

                       .....................................Do you begin to get the picture?..............................

We endure conditioning and training, and spend time doing it, because we feel the end result of better health and performance in the mountains is worth it. Or we endure pain and suffering on some distant peak, because we feel the summit is worth the effort. This again holds true when it comes to anything we spend time and effort on. But what kind of value do we place on how and where we will be spending all that time left over once we exhaust the first 1/4 inch section of rope?  It is nothing short of mind boggling to think of all the time we spend trying to secure ease, comfort, and pleasure here on earth, and then forget about all that is to come.Now if you have any concern about the above, then you really need to consider the following.

You have seen it at football games, you have heard it quoted, and now would be a really good time to take a hard look at what Jesus is trying to tell you. You just may want to begin a conditioning program to train for a future event you cannot avoid. "ETERNITY!" For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. John 3:16-17

Trust..........Believe..........and receive the free gift of eternal life through Christ Jesus ...........

For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast. For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them. Ephesians 2:8-10
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