Melvyn Tan
December 18, 2013 — By tanmelvyn@gmail.com

The Strength You Need To Conquer The Summit

[blockquote source=”Habakkuk 3:1 (NIV)“]The Sovereign LORD is my strength; he makes my feet like the feet of a deer, he enables me to thread on the heights. For the director of music. On my stringed instruments.[/blockquote] Challenge by Choice I would always remember the time I spent in New Zealand Outward Bound. From the first […]

[blockquote source=”Habakkuk 3:1 (NIV)“]The Sovereign LORD is my strength; he makes my feet like the feet of a deer, he enables me to thread on the heights. For the director of music. On my stringed instruments.[/blockquote]

Challenge by Choice
I would always remember the time I spent in New Zealand Outward Bound. From the first day of the Classic Summer 21-Day program I would ask myself, “what am I doing here?”. Till the last day, I was still asking myself that same question.

Apparently, in New Zealand, most people go tramping. I recall asking my Watch mates what they’d do for the weekends and many of them would tell me that tramping is one of their main activities. When they asked me in return, I’m almost embarrassed to tell them that going to the mall for me was something I do almost every weekend!

As you can probably guessed, I didn’t like the tramping activity a lot. Especially near the top of the mountain, the climb would be so steep and with a huge backpack, it would simply make the endeavour more than I could handle. Of course, in order not to look sloppy I pressed on, even earning the title of “the bull” given by my Watch mates, for my willingness to press on despite the circumstances. If only they knew what I was thinking.

Conquer the Summit
That said, I would never trade my experience in OBNZ for anything else. And I am just glad that I did it. One of the reasons for that sentiment was the fact that, looking back, I can always draw an analogy of what’s happening in my life to the times when I challenged myself during the 21 days. Jumping off the jetty into icy cold waters. Climbing a rock face blindfolded. Going solo for three days in the woods. Tramping in the mountains.

Now, if you have had any experience tramping, you’d know that very often it gets harder when you are near the summit. That’s because, if you are like me, you have expended almost all of your efforts and energies scaling the mountain and this last lap is sometimes a real test of your will and strength.

Application to Life
If I were to look back at my own business experiences, sometimes we’ve expended so much energies, resources, and efforts in building the business. So much so that when we are so close to reaping the rewards (the summit), we sometimes give up. We become exhausted. We lose steam. We lose the drive. In short, we’ve lost it.

And the reason why many of us feel that way, especially after a long struggle, is because sometimes we’ve simply lost perspective. We’ve forgotten why we started on this adventure in the first place. We’ve forgotten what its all about.

Raison d’être
Which is why, it is so important for us to keep reminding ourselves of the purpose, the Raison d’être. I believe that as true follower of Christ, our every endeavour whether it is business or otherwise is for the purpose of doing God’s will. We want to do the right thing. We want to contribute to the world in which we live in. We want to help others and make their lives better. We want to love our brothers and sisters. In short, we want to do God’s will.

Challenge. Conquer. Contribute
And by aligning what we do to God’s will, you’d be drawing your strength from God. And not depending on your own efforts or capabilities to accomplish the task. And by drawing upon God for strength, you will be able to challenge yourself to push yourself further and hence conquer the highest summit of all; your true self. Because when you do, that’s when you are able to contribute. To do God’s will.

Prayer
Father, we pray that You give us the strength, the strength to challenge ourself, conquer ourself, so that together we are able to make our contribution to Your will. In Jesus name, Amen.