About 10 years ago, while I was preaching in Bonham, Texas a friend, brother, and mentor began an incredible journey. This past Tuesday, he hit a milestone in that journey.
At the church building in Bonham is a flight of stairs that lead to a storage room. There are 20 total stairs. One day he showed up at the church building and began walking the stairs.
Up and down was ONE flight. On Tuesday, he walked up and down those 20 stairs for the 100,000th time. That means that he has walked 2,000,000 stairs in the last 10 years.
It hasn’t been without difficulties. He has had a hip replaced in that time. He lost his wife in that time (actually in January of this year). He went on a mission trip or two in that time. There have been other things come up as well...but he always returned to the stairs.
He currently does 75 flights each day (1500 stairs). In keeping with his personality, Tuesday, when he climbed 75 flights of stairs to put him at 2,000,000 total stairs, it was his 75 birthday!
He tried to get me to climb the stairs with him (but I was “busy” or the stairway was not wide enough for two people...umm...yeah, that was it!). He has encouraged others to join him from time to time (and they did as much as they could keep up with him).
Why am I telling you this? My friend found something he enjoys, he has stuck with it, and he invites others to join him. Is it necessarily “fun” or “easy” to do? Not really...but he still wears the same size pants he did in high school: I don’t; do you?
Every journey starts with one step. You can’t get to 2,000,000 if you don’t start with that first step. A little perseverance can help you achieve fantastic things. It doesn’t matter we are talking about climbing stairs for exercise or talking about your journey of faith.
The same can be said about sharing your faith. I said no many times to joining him, but once in a while, I figured, “What could it hurt?” (My legs for one!)
Neighbor Day is coming up on September 29, 2019. You might have asked your neighbor about joining you for church many times in the past. They may have said no all those times.
This may be the one time they say, “What could it hurt?” and decide to join you.