Guest Post: Mountain Climbing

As we wrap up the first week of Marriage Month, we are delighted to have a guest post today from our good friend Scotty Gage of Team Gage.

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Us, Climb a Mountain?

If you know my wife and me, the one thing that would be obvious to you, is that we are not the most outdoorsy of people. So it wouldn’t surprise you that climbing a mountain was nowhere to be found on our list of things that together we must accomplish…

But that’s exactly what we did.

In more ways than one.

The Objective

Climbing is Hard Work

I’m pretty sure that you could guess that climbing a mountain isn’t easy. It takes a lot of effort. There is no shortcut to the top. It’s hard work.

To make it to the top required pulling together, encouraging each other, and helping one another.

Every. Step. Of. The Way.

We had to work as one, or Team Gage was not going to reach the pinnacle.

Near the top of Ptarmigan Peak. Chugach Mountains, Alaska

Our marriage is the same way. We have learned throughout the past year, that if we are going to make it to the top in our relationship, we must work as one, we must be one.

The good news is—based upon God’s word, that is exactly what we are: ONE.

The Bible says that we are one flesh. And because we are one flesh, it is crucial that we work together, pulling together for the good of the team of one, Team Gage.

One Step at a Time

You’ve probably heard the old adage, “How do you eat an elephant?  One bite at a time.” It’s the same with climbing a mountain.

How do you climb a mountain? One step at a time.

Mountain Climbing Xian Style

We made the decision that if we were going to make it to the top of the mountain, we were going to take it hand-in-hand, one step at a time. In the end—if we were diligent—these little “one steps at a time” would end up taking us to the top.

And that’s true in marriage as well.

How do you create and sustain a happy, healthy, God-centered marriage? One day at a time. We all know that the idea is that we will be together until death do us part. We all believe going in that we will get married and then live happily ever after. The truth is it takes a lot of days to make up that ever after.

So this year, we decided that we would take each day as it comes, and to try to be the best husband, the best wife that we could be. We will strive each day to give our marriage our very best; to honor each other and our marriage.

Our goal in the end is that we will string together fifty or so years of one-day-at-a-times.

Blue mountains

On a wing and a prayer

To be honest, given the circumstances, I would say we didn’t have much of a chance of making it up that mountain. You’ve heard the phrase describing the pilot coming in for landing with a damaged plane who is said to have made it on “a wing and prayer.” When you take into account the asthma and the fact that neither of us had trained to climb a mountain, I would say that wing and a prayer described us perfectly.

However, in our marriage, we have found something better than a wing and a prayer to help us reach the top.

We call it a prayer and a promise.

Because the Bible instructs us that “today is the day that God has given us,” and that we are to “give no thought for the morrow,” we make promises to each other for today. We invite God into our marriage each day through prayer, then we promise each other what we will be for each other today.

Each day I promise my wife that I will love her today. I will cherish her today. I will flirt with her today. I will think about her today. I will chase her today. And on and on.

When tomorrow comes, we do it all again.

We’re reaching the top on a prayer and a promise.

Which Mountain Did We Climb?

The title picture above was taken when we set out to climb Stone Mountain outside of Atlanta, Georgia. While it may be the world’s largest exposed granite formation, it truthfully isn’t all that tall. However, no matter how big or how small the mountain may seem, it can still be a daunting task.

Homeward Bound

In marriage, there are many mountains and we’ve climbed a few. Whether the mountain is Financial Butte, Trust Ridge, Communication Mesa, Lack of Desire Mountain, Complacency Peak, or Mount Restoration, one thing is crucial: The only way to make it to the top is a commitment to never stop climbing.

In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world. —John 16:33

We can tell you this, there is NOTHING that Jesus can’t help you overcome.

~ Team Gage

Team GageScotty and Chaundelle married in 1992 and immediately Team Gage was formed. In the twenty-one plus years since, God saw fit to add two of the most amazing boys to the team.  And it’s been an amazing journey since…

We have spent the last twenty one years of our lives serving God faithfully, going where He leads, and taking seriously the job of leading, teaching, encouraging, cheering, and correcting our two boys, J. Scott and Braylen.

We have been blessed to serve God in the same church for the past fifteen years, and have had the opportunity to go throughout the world teaching others, preaching the Gospel, and helping lead others to Christ. While each place that we have visited has been an unbelievable and amazing experience, our hearts were captured when we went to India for the first time to teach Leadership Classes in a local university. We returned again for a second time and brought the boys for the experience of their lives! Teaching, leading and helping others is our passion.

We feel that God is leading us to share with others our experience, the lessons that we’ve learned, as well as some of the mountains that we have climbed. We have had some great victories. And we have had some serious set backs and defeats along the way. Perhaps the most valuable lesson that we have learned along the way is simply never to quit, keep climbing for just as Christ said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.”  And to simply be the best Team that we can be… Today.

It’s our prayer that Team Gage can inspire you to do greater things than you ever thought possible, to encourage to keep going as you travel the road of life, and most of all to keep pressing toward the mark as you dedicate your life, your marriage, your Team to become all that God intends it to be… Now go and be great — Today!

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