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Encouraging and Supporting Your Friends – Push Each Other to the Top

Mountain ClimbersWho Said It … Max Lucado

Max Lucado grew up in west Texas and pretty much partied his way through high school—giving little attention to God.  But then he encountered Jesus through a required Bible course at Abilene Christian University.

Today, this best-selling Christian author has sold more than 65 million books—including Bible studies, commentaries, devotionals, and books for kids.

Max regularly preaches his down-home, story-driven sermons from the pulpit of San Antonio’s Oak Hills Church.

What He Said … Push Each Other to the Top

Every Thursday during a Young Life summer camp, four hundred students make the fourteen-thousand-foot climb up Colorado’s Mount Chrysolite.  Several Young Life leaders and I walk with them.

On a recent trip, somewhere around the number four thousand, Matthew decided to call it quits.  I coaxed him, begged him, negotiated a plan with him: thirty steps of walking, sixty seconds of resting.

Finally we stood within a thousand feet of the peek.  But the last stretch of the trail rose up as straight as a fireman’s ladder.

We got serious.  Two guys came up beside Matt, each taking an arm.  I pushed from the rear.  We all but dragged Matt past the timberline and to the awesome view at the top.

That’s when we heard the applause.  Four hundred campers on the crest of Mount Chrysolite gave Matt a standing ovation.  As I slumped down to rest, a thought steamrolled my way: There it is, Max, a perfect picture of my plan.  Do all you can to push each other to the top.  Was this a message from God?  Well, it does sound like something he’d say.

Adapted from The Cure for the Common Life (Thomas Nelson, 2006


Prayer for the Week:  Dear Father, show me how to best encourage and challenge my friends to deeper faith; show me how to support them during their struggles.



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