Climbing Walls


At the REI Flagship Store in Seattle there is a 65 foot climbing wall.

There are multiple ways up the wall, each with increasing challenge and difficulty. From the top you can see spectacular views of the surrounding city.

A few years ago, I took the opportunity to climb to the top. It was an amazing experience and stretched me personally.

Today as I reflected on that experience and the metaphor of climbing a wall, two symbolic questions came to my mind:

  • Am I climbing the right wall?
  • Am I climbing the right path?

The old proverbial saying used to be “make sure the ladder is leaning against the right wall.” Well, I don’t think many of us spend much time climbing ladders. Scaling a wall may be a better metaphor for today.

So – ask yourself, of all the walls that you could be climbing, how do you know that you are climbing the right one?

And of all the paths that may lead to the top, how do you know you are on the right path?

It’s too easy to just take the easy path, the familiar path, or the well traveled path. Make sure you are on the path that God is leading you to climb.

Other questions you may consider:

  • What equipment and training do I need?
  • Who can help me get to the top?
  • How will I celebrate arriving at the top?
  • Who is following after me?
  • How am I helping those who follow me?

And for those of you who don’t ever intend to climb a wall – find the metaphor that works for you…

Today’s Missional Challenge

Evaluate the wall you are climbing and the path you are taking to the top.

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Dave DeVries

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Dr. Dave DeVries is a coach, trainer, author and founder of Missional Challenge. He is passionate about coaching and training church planters and missional leaders. With 30+ years of church planting and leadership development experience, Dave brings his passion and encouragement to those he trains and coaches.
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