Yesterday, school was cancelled due to the weather. We live deep in the woods and despite my efforts to make it to the gym in town to workout...it's 6 miles south...frustrated, I had to turn back. The roads were in horrible condition and I knew that even if I made it, I would never get back home because my driveway would be drifted over. So, I pulled out a wooden box and did step ups in our garage with my pack on. It was about 12 degrees outside and even with the garage door down it was still frigid inside. At first, I was really struggling with having to workout in those conditions. The snow really messed up my routine. I could have done my step ups indoors but the working out in the cold is good for me since the higher elevations of Mount Rainier is glacier covered and could possibly be cold and windy even in August.
After doing several step ups while listening to music, I decided to prop my phone up and watch a movie. The movie was "In Plain Sight" and I found it on Amazon Prime movies. It's a documentary about human trafficking. Quickly, my mindset changed and I stopped feeling sorry for myself having to workout in the garage in cold conditions. Watching that documentary convicted me and motivated me. Why am I climbing--to FREE oppressed and enslaved women and children around the world! My momentary bout of being uncomfortable while working out pales in comparison to the atrocities that are inflicted on sex and labor slaves.
I live comfortable and have all I need. Most everyone I know does. It is so easy to ignore what is happening in the world around us. Human trafficking is closer than you think. It is happening all around the world, in every country, in every state, in every community. What is life if we do not seek to help those who cannot help themselves? I may not be down in the trenches ministering to these women and children but I am blessed with the physical ability to climb and help the Freedom Climb effort to provide assistance to them.
Adapting to whatever comes my way is required. I am relieved that I do not do it alone. God goes before me, ahead of me, and He is my rear guard. That give me peace and puts all things in perspective.
"Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves; ensure justice for those being crushed. Yes, speak up for the poor and helpless, and see that they get justice." Proverbs 31:8-9
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