The Effort Only Makes Sense From the Top!

Happy Saturday!

It seems like it was just yesterday when I wrote my last inspirational blog: Enough!! (Change Begins With a New Attitude). Was it really eight days ago? I’ve been suffering from the worse cold of my life, thankful to be alive this morning. During that time, I finished the first publishers edit on my book-a huge accomplishment! Now I just have to work on the second edit I should be receiving next week, then the final edit in a few weeks. The hard part is OVER. The final edits will be simple. It’s hilarious to think about how much opposition hits me at every big checkpoint. Call me strange, but I love the challenge and I look forward to the battle every day!

Yesterday afternoon, while still very sick, my kids wanted to hike Humpback Rock. Not wanting to pass on quality time with them, I consented and we headed up the mountain. There were moments when I thought I was going to need a helicopter ride to the hospital (only because I was sick). Finally, we made it-elevation 3080 feet… and WOW, the view from that peak is beyond words. 360 degrees of unobstructed God’s eye beauty–every time!

As we were sitting on the highest rock and trying to comprehend the glory of God’s creation, I had a huge epiphany:

When you are climbing a mountain (or attempting to do anything BIG in life), and you stop when you feel like you’re going to die, and if you only make it half way or most of the way, but never reach the crest… there is no reward for your effort. But if you embrace the pain, if you suffer the agony, and when you feel like you are going to die, you keep gripping into the rocks and you keep moving pressing upward and onward… you will reach the crest and receive your reward! To retreat at any moment before achievement, is to have all of the effort without ANY of the reward. When you are sitting on that rock and beholding a glory that cannot be seen from the valley below, it is then that you realize… the energy and agony you invested in the climb is no price for the reward of high achievement! So don’t ever stop short of a desired goal. The effort only makes sense from the top!

Dear God, that will preach all day long! Read that epiphany ten times a day for the next week and see what happens to your endurance factor!

Watch the following video and know that endurance is not just a matter of brute strength and determination. There are times when we have given our all and we have nothing more to give… and our Father RAISES US UP ON HIS SHOULDERS for the finish.


Just like every morning, I prayed for you with tremendous passion. I sincerely hope you feel the difference all day long.

Have a great day everyone!

With much love…

Dream Big, Live Bold, and Make the Difference!


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9 thoughts on “The Effort Only Makes Sense From the Top!

  1. as always, thank you for posting this blog,for following your heart and for embracing the situation(s) with such determination to make the most of every moment.

  2. Great job Chuck- keep it up.

    I started tearing up before I even clicked play on the Video- I remember watching that on TV and tearing up- standing up and cheering in my living room.

    About 10 minutes ago I was reading the lyrics of Amazing Grace and this verse is for Dereks dad, ( and of course OUR DAD) ,

    "Through many dangers, toils and snares

    I have already come;

    'Tis Grace that brought me safe thus far

    and Grace will lead me home.

    Prayers for continued fun in editing and Thanks for this today.


  3. Great blog! This is like a virtual helping hand in the form of word. Keep on going/climbing is what I needed to hear too. I can't wait to enjoy the view with friend, people who encouraged me and people that I encouraged. We're all in this together. Encouraging people to come to church is a great start for people too.


  4. What an awesome post, and so very true! The photo you posted is beautiful.

    I remember hiking up Mt. Sinai – well, ok, the first half was done on camel, but the last half was up odd shaped and sized rocky steps. As we got higher, the air became thinner and I remember feeling slighly dizzy at times. It was also a little windy, dark (we started the trek at 2:30 in the morning and reached the top about 5:30ish, in time to enjoy the sunrise), and COLD (it was in February when I went). Probably 20 minutes from the top I was quite tired and thought about stopping, but I pressed on and was so very glad I did. The view was amazing and breathtaking – and when the sun began to rise – beautiful! I still love looking at the photos I have from there, and they bring back such wonderful memories!