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I’d hiked thousands of feet up into the mountains. Sweat dripped down my back. Sun beat down on my head. But it was the view that made it all worth it. I’d never felt so small in my life.

California mountains spread out in all directions. The realization that I was one in over seven billion people on this planet could’ve easily been devastating.

But there’s a different way of looking at it.

Wild dogs ran in the streets. Dirt clung to everything. No air conditioning. Shouts. I was in one of the poorest parts of Peru. Blonde me obviously didn’t belong. The poverty could’ve taken my breath away. Made me wish I could be in a different city. Any city. Just not here.

But I’d never seen such positive joy.

How we think drastically impacts how we live. It’s easy for me to wake up on an overcast day and believe my life is pointless. (Anyone else out there experience the Midwest clouds on a regular basis?!) It’s also easy for me to get up on a sunny day and believe I can conquer the world.

But the thing is, the weather never impacts the truth of who I am and what I’m capable of. It might impact how I feel about who I am but it never changes the truth.

My mindset has been changed because I know I’m loved by Jesus. I know I’m one in seven billion. Just like hiking in California, I know I’m small and insignificant. But like my friends in Peru, I know I’m living for someone greater than myself.

My failures don’t define me.

Jesus’ success in saving me from those failures defines me.

Realizing this positive truth has changed my life.

Cloudy Midwest days can’t change the truth of who I am. In Jesus I’m everything I want to be and more.

Next time I go on a hike I don’t need to be intimidated by my insignificance. That’s a positive change.

Let’s go climb some mountains!

- Sarah Rexford


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