There are several ways to climb the tower from different sides but by far the most difficult approach is to try going up the cross...what a beautiful picture of Christ we can see in this; that He conquered the cross on our behalf, because no matter our level of talent or effort we cannot meet the requirement of the Father concerning our sin.
The starting point for the climber at camp is the base of the cross, and the starting point for you and I is the base of a cross also; the cross of calvary where Jesus died for our sins. He didn't climb the cross to overcome it, he allowed himself to be nailed to and lifted up between heaven and hell, accepting our punishment.
Living your life for Christ won't always be easy; Jesus had some pretty rough days too. Serving as a minister and working in the world is a challenge, but I wouldn't change a thing. When my days are tough I find comfort in knowing that if I only had good days then I wouldn't be following Christ, I'd be watching from a distance.
I'm so blessed to have Jesus in my life, the love and support of my wife and girls, a church familiy that prays for me, and I can say that I am thankful for the trials, and I'm thankful for you who are reading this. If life is beating you down, remember Jesus will lift you up, and if you feel like you're walking alone, give me a shout, I'll walk with you-me and Jesus that is.
And if you don't know Jesus as your Savior, take my hand, I'll introduce you to him, we can go to the cross together.