October/November 2016 - Vol. 88

Roger Foley and Brian
                  Lalonde on Goldey Ridge, Rolleston New Zealand
Roger Foley (Lamb of God) and Brian Lalonde (Servants of the Word) on Goldney Ridge, Mount Rolleston, New Zealand
‘It is not the Mountains we conquer, but ourselves…’
a reflection by Roger Foley

Many of us are familiar with this rather famous quote from Sir Edmund Hillary, the New Zealand climber who summited Everest in 1953. The mountain, originally named Peak XV when surveyed around 1865, was then later renamed to honour George Everest the then Surveyor General of India. The mountain of course had and still has both Nepalese and Tibetan names pre-dating the interest of others ‘conquering it’ [to defeat, to beat, to annihilate and more]. The Nepalese name is ‘Sagarmatha’ [Goddess of the Sky] and the Tibetan is ‘Chomolungma’ [Mother Goddess of the Universe].

My modest endeavours into the Southern Alps, the Shark’s Tooth on Taranaki, and into the explosion crater on Ngauruhoe have never been incursions with a mind to conquer. Rather in my journeys, which have ranged from alpine climbing to crawling through narrow caving systems, to bungee jumping, have all included facing and 'conquering' my limitations and fears. Ed Hillary was right.

However the biggest challenges in life are not ‘way out there’, they are ‘close in here.’ The most important challenge for me is the challenge to commit my life each day, after day, after day, after day, without reservation or question, into the hands of an ‘unseen’ God. Now that can be pretty scary. Much scarier than a boot slipping on a ridge, or getting your helmet stuck in a cave crawl!

This morning in my study reading I came across 'What happens after you die depends on what happens before you die...' Mmm, indeed, food for thought.

> See other articles by Roger Foley in Living Bulwark

Roger and
                                                  Veronica Foley
Roger Foley is the senior coordinator of the Lamb of God, a community of the Sword of the Spirit with 7 branches located throughout New Zealand. He and his wife Veronica live in Christchurch, New Zealand.
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