Last year Bicycling Magazine surveyed its readers about their preferences. 49% prefer climbing, 18% prefer descending, and 33% prefer both. That’s right – 82% of bikers like climbing as much or more than riding downhill. Why would people rather kill their legs and lungs riding a bike uphill instead of sitting and letting gravity do all the work on a downhill?
I know I am one of those who prefers the climbs and the reason is because I have a sense of accomplishment when I reach the top. What feeling of “I did something” if I just sit on a bike saddle and roll downhill? I have found my spiritual life to be the same. When things are just rolling along with no major difficulty I find myself getting comfortable and not really doing much. If instead I have a challenge in front of me, I focus and move forward until I overcome and then I have a sense of triumph. God has called us to have faith that with God’s power we can overcome.
One of my favorite Bible people is Caleb. He was one of two spies who refused to be intimidated by the fortified cities and giants in the land. He wanted to attack and take the land for the glory of God. Numbers 13:30 “Caleb quieted the people before Moses and said, “Let us go up at once and occupy it, for we are well able to overcome it.” I think Caleb would prefer climbs!