Near my home there is a steep hill where I run. Each time I approach it I feel either tremendous anticipation at the prospect of charging up and over it or total dread at the thought of the long, laborious climb. Once, on a run up this hill, I learned a valuable lesson about the difference between remaining steadfast to the truth and using self-will.

I hadn't been running in a while, so negotiating the grade was pretty daunting, but I was determined not to let the hill get the better of me. My mind was completely focused on not stopping. Then about a quarter of a mile from the top, the thought came to me, "If you think your rest and victory come when you make it to the top of this hill, you are missing the lesson completely."

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January 1, 2000

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