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Writer aims for mountaintop

Columnist Walker Moore has a new dream he hopes to accomplish in 2013.
BY WALKER MOORE Published: January 5, 2013

Mountains have a significant place in the Bible. The Ten Commandments were given to Moses on top of Mount Sinai. Noah's ark ended up on Mount Ararat. And most people know about Jesus and the Sermon on the Mount. Can a man who is almost 62, celebrating a generation of taking the Gospel around the world, haul an 80-pound cross up a mountain? You bet!

I am not an athlete. I'm not a runner, and I don't bicycle. I like to joke about my exercise program: “I sit in the bathtub, pull the plug and fight the current.” But dreams have a way of shaping your life. The first of August 2013 will find me heading toward Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.

Since most dreams can't be accomplished alone, I'm putting a team around me. My two sons are going along to help their old man carry the cross. Little by little, other fathers are coming forward with their sons to ask, “Can we join you?” God is up to something special as He gathers His team.

What does 2013 look like for me? For 221 of its days, I'll travel to other countries preaching the Gospel, planting churches, raising up the next generation of missionaries and helping young men and women become Christ's disciples.

But by the time summer ends, I'll be standing at the foot of a mountain, its top covered in clouds. The biggest journey of my life lies on the road to its summit. I need God to give me strength one step at a time. I cannot accomplish this tremendous task without Him or apart from the help of my friends.

I am thankful God gives young men visions and old men dreams. When a man stops dreaming, he stops living.

How big is your dream? Mine is 19,341 feet tall.

Happy New Year, and may God's richest blessings be yours.

Walker Moore is president of AweStar Ministries of Tulsa.