Writer aims for mountaintop

Columnist Walker Moore has a new dream he hopes to accomplish in 2013.
BY WALKER MOORE Published: January 5, 2013
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“Your sons and daughters will prophesy, your young men will see visions, your old men will dream dreams.”

— Acts 2:17

I just turned the page on another calendar year. Where does the time go? I've heard that time flies, but no one ever told me it flies at the speed of light.

It seems like only yesterday my sons were bouncing around on the floor, playing with cars and taking on the identities of superheroes. Now both boys are married and have successful careers.

Visions and dreams are a part of a child's everyday life. Children dream about everything. As they hold out their hands and buzz around in a circle, they dream of flying. As they try on Mama's high heels, they dream of growing up. Dreaming is a part of a child's nature.

But as we grow older, somehow the enemy dismantles those dreams, and we accept whatever comes our way. I've tried to define the biblical difference between visions and dreams. The simplest answer is that visions occur while you're awake and dreams while you're asleep.

One year ago this past November, I began to have an impression, maybe even a vision. This year, I'll celebrate a generation of ministry: 40 years as a minister of Jesus Christ. That is a mile marker I'll never reach again unless God tarries and I survive another 40 years. It will be the only time I celebrate a generation of what God has done in my life.

I believe you need to become intentional in placing markers in your life, events to which you can always return. You remember them as though they were yesterday. Salvation is a definite marker. Baptism, your wedding day and the birth of a child — all are signposts along life's highway. And as I looked forward to 2013, I began to think about how I should mark this special year.

One day, I was talking to my good friend Keith Wheeler. Keith has carried the cross more than 20,000 miles, 150 countries and all seven continents. He and I were talking about our world travels and what a gracious God we serve. We began to talk about the possibility of carrying a cross to the top of one of the highest mountains in the world: Mount Kilimanjaro, 19,341 feet. I begin to have dreams about us carrying a full-size cross up that mountain. As far as we know, no one has accomplished that feat.