This just in: Nepalese authorities are investigating reports that three European mountain climbers were involved in a fight with a group of Sherpas. Both sides accuse the other of starting the fight. Climbers attempting to reach the summit of Mt. Everest need native guides for a variety of tasks including carrying equipment, identifying trails, and running ropes. Most importantly, they might need the wisdom and skill of the Sherpas to stay alive. We may never know what the fuss was all about but you’d think climbers would want happy Sherpas. These are not people you want to tick off. Would you rather stand on top of the world or pick a fight over some trifling matter?
It’s interesting how often we tend to major on the minors. A professor took her class of art students to a perch high above a scenic mountain valley. Their assignment was to paint the sunset that would soon bathe the valley in wondrous color. The professor looked on as the students started translating the quick-approaching moment to canvas. She knew they would only have time to start their creations but she wanted them to experience the moment and appreciate the beauty.
She noticed one of the young men hard at work. When she stood behind him, she saw that he had outlined a barn resting next to the village road. The young man was meticulously drawing the shingles on the barn roof. She tapped him on the shoulder and spoke softly, “You’re missing what we came to see. You can draw shingles anytime.”
Do you ever get caught up on the minutiae of life? What are you missing while you draw shingles on a barn? Life travels swiftly by. My sons, now 31 and 27, were just boys yesterday playing catch with their old man in the front yard. I blinked and now I’m a grandfather.
Lord, help me appreciate each day as a gift from You. I don’t want to miss the moment.