Last week we crossed over the border from Georgia into North Carolina. That was at mile 78 tomorrow we will be making it halfway through the Smokies, resupply at Clingmans Dome, the highest elevation on the AT, and then continue on. We will be at 198 miles by that point.
The Miles don’t matter so much anymore. They do, but they don’t. Conversations, stories, thoughts, focus, perseverance. One of our goals is to inspire people to go further and we have already saw this happen. One person had all of her stuff stolen (or mistakenly took) and we were able to supply her for the next few days and locate a stove for her. We have also had multiple people that have been sick and we have been able to take off the trail to rest and go to the doctors office.
My team is becoming the hands, feet, arms, legs, eyes, ears, and heart of Christ on the trail. We are learning how to walk with a focus of the Kingdom of God. This makes my heart happy, to know just like it says in Matthew chapter 5 verse 14 from The Message.
“Here’s another way to put it: You’re here to be light, bringing out the God–colors in the world. God is not a secret to be kept. We’re going public with this, as public as a city on a hill. If I make you light–bearers, you don’t think I’m going to hide you under a bucket, do you? I’m putting you on a light stand. Now that I’ve put you there on a hilltop, on a light stand––shine! Keep open house; be generous with your lives. By opening up to others, you’ll prompt people to open up with God, this generous Father in heaven.
Now, if you do or don’t believe The Message is a version of the Bible, I don’t care. Let the words sink in.