Getting Ahead: ‘Mountains and Valleys’


By John G. Pfeifer - Religion Writer



All of my life I have encountered mountains and valleys. That is an expression used to define our good times and bad times. The good times are our mountaintop experiences and the valleys are our bad times.

Another expression that people use is: “If it isn’t broken, don’t fix it.” It follows then that if we’re having a mountaintop experience, we sure do not want to change it by trying to fix it. So while we are having a mountaintop experience we do not change or work at anything or it might end.

On the other hand, if we are experiencing bad times, we need to work at getting out of the valley. Getting out of the valley can be hard work. If you are in an actual valley, and want to get to the top of a mountain, you have to so some climbing that will not be easy. Mountain climbing is not for people that are out of shape. It takes physical strength and discipline.

But going from the mountaintop to the valley, talks very little effort. As a matter of fact, you can coast down the mountain to the valley.

Maybe you are experiencing a valley in your life; we all do from time to time. It didn’t take much effort to coast into that valley but it will take conditioning and discipline to get out. Are you in a condition to climb the mountain? Have you learned to control your life instead of your life controlling you?

Have you ever thought about what it really takes to live more of our life on top of the mountain? It is a fact of life that we will be in the valley occasionally; but what does it take to not coast back down into the valley so often? And the times that we are in the valley, what does it really take to be in a condition to get out?

These and other life questions will be addressed Sunday morning as “The Gathering Place Family” meets at 240 Courthouse Parkway in Washington C.H. for Life Groups at 9:30 and in the lobby at 10 a.m. for our Pre-Service Connection where we enjoy coffee, juice and donuts. Our Worship Service and Children’s Church then begins at 10:30. Come at 7 p.m. and be part of our Wednesday night Bible Study and Children’s Ministry.

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By John G. Pfeifer

Religion Writer