Leaving the Ladder
When I was little I used to climb a lot. My mom says she found me up in trees or on the roof of the house. I was stuck. I may have been a good climber, but I didn’t know how to get down from my high perch. Lily Tomlin said, “The trouble with being in the rat race is that even if you win, you’re still a rat.” Malcolm Forbes is attributed for saying, “He who dies with the most toys wins.” There’s no real victory in that. Vince Lombardi said, “Winning isn’t everything. It’s the only thing.” But what kind of win? At what cost? Most people love it when their team wins. To cheer their own side, they feel they must also jeer the opposing team. (Especially if you’re from Philadelphia. LOL) When God appears at your high and lofty perch, your powerful position no longer pleases. To come down off the high perch of winning at all costs is not easy. You were made to win. You were made to climb the ladder of success. But if your ladder is leaning on the wrong lofty lookout, you need to come down.
“I’m sure that you’ve heard the story of my earlier life when I lived in the Jewish way. In those days I went all out in persecuting God’s church. I was systematically destroying it. I was so enthusiastic about the traditions of my ancestors that I advanced head and shoulders above my peers in my career. Even then God had designs on me. Why, when I was still in my mother’s womb he chose and called me out of sheer generosity! Now he has intervened and revealed his Son to me so that I might joyfully tell non-Jews about him. Immediately after my calling—without consulting anyone around me and without going up to Jerusalem to confer with those who were apostles long before I was—I got away to Arabia. Later I returned to Damascus, but it was three years before I went up to Jerusalem to compare stories with Peter. I was there only fifteen days—but what days they were! Except for our Master’s brother James, I saw no other apostles. (I’m telling you the absolute truth in this.)”
Galatians 1:13-16 MSG