Free Solo or Team Work – Which will you Choose in 2019? – blog
In 2012 I watched an amazing story on 60 Minutes. It was the story of Alex Honnold a 26-year-old rock climber from Sacramento CA. You can watch the show here …
They document him doing what nobody has done before – climb a 1600-foot wall of rock without any climbing equipment other than his bare hands. No assistance from other climbers, no ropes or equipment. He climbed the sheer rock face of Half Dome.
Just last year National Geographic released a documentary film about him and his climbing El Capitan in Yosemite CA. It is called Free Solo. National Geographic says this about it on their website;
“Celebrated as one of the greatest athletic feats of any kind, Honnold’s climb set the ultimate standard: perfection or death. Succeeding in this challenge, Honnold enters his story in the annals of human achievement. FREE SOLO is both an edge-of-your seat thriller and an inspiring portrait of an athlete who exceeded our current understanding of human physical and mental potential. The result is a triumph of the human spirit.”
As I thought about this young man and his amazing abilities, I thought about how crucial it is for him to focus on what he is doing. I mean there is no margin for error. One slip and he is dead. It also raises the idea that if one only tries hard enough, he can master anything. Which when it comes to recovery is a load of s#*t.
Then, I thought about us and how we need to live if we are going to experience recovery from sexual brokenness. How many times do we fall because we are not careful? We put ourselves in risky situations, making small decisions, getting into tempting situations where eventually we will fall. And most of all we try to do it alone. Which in recovery from our sexual brokenness and climbing out of the pit into which we have fallen … is never going to happen.
I think the most difficult phase of recovery is getting through withdrawal. That 2–4-month period where we are battling the chemical addiction our brain has to the effects of sexual sin and learning how to NOT give in to our sinful desires and being influenced by the world and the devil.
It is hard work. It takes a lot of focus and concentration on what we are doing and how we are feeling. It takes realizing that we need the power and strength of the Spirit of God – every moment of the day as well as the support of others to help us before we fall.
Alex Honnold’s specializes in a kind of climbing called free soloing. However, for us, that is the exact opposite of how we need to climb. He is all alone with no team or support. When we try that we are doomed to fall. We isolate and out of shame try to do it ourselves. However, if Alex tried to climb alone and had to deal with enemies who wanted to see him fall, he would not make it.
It’s a new year…a fresh start. The best thing we can do to climb out of the withdrawal period of our addiction is to have an intense focus on Jesus, be filled with the power of the Spirit and make sure we are roped up with other men who, when we are in danger of falling, can hold us up.
This year it is time to break your isolation and find help by being on a Team of other men who are helping each other and finding more freedom than they have ever had on their own. Just email me about your interest and I will go over the details with you and set up a time when you can sit in on a group to see what it is like and if you think it will work for you. Personally, I know it will.