Inspiration MinistriesBy Inspiration Ministries2 Minutes

Mountaineers have a word for it. They call it “crumping.” As an accomplished climber, Ed Viesturs, describes, “To crump is to let the hardship and danger of expedition life drain you of all your mountaineering ambitions.” Instead of moving upward toward the heights, climbers impacted by crumping just want to quit.

As Viesturs describes, “After crump sets in, you’ve psychologically thrown in the towel: you care only about going home, and you’ll make up all kinds of excuses as to why it makes sense, to hike out early.”

Sometimes climbers stop for the right reasons, because of danger or distress. But many simply grow weary or give up hope. They decide that the task is too hard. The goal seems impossible to achieve. And they lose the drive and discipline that inspired them.

Many Believers face the same kinds of challenges. They find themselves falling short and making mistakes. Facing spiritual opposition and practical problems, they become exhausted, tired, and weary. Conscious of their weaknesses, they feel that they cannot have victory. They start making excuses.

But the Bible reminds of the importance of being steadfast and immovable. Of being alert and strong, standing “firm in the faith” (1 Corinthians 16:13). Not giving up but holding on to the truths we have been taught (2 Thessalonians 2:15). Of “fixing our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of faith” who set an example of endurance (Hebrews 12:2).

Do you face challenges that seem too difficult? Do you feel that you are stretched beyond your limits? Are you discouraged or feel like giving up? These are the moments to renew your faith, and your commitment. Stop relying on your own strength, and turn to God. Confess the Promises in His Word. Stay faithful. And don’t give up.