Be a Well-Set Anchor
“The spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.” (Matthew 26:41)
As veteran rock-climbers and mountaineers know, some of the most breathtakingly worthwhile views can only be reached with the use of ropes and solid anchors. A climber or mountaineer’s life often hangs by a rope that relies completely on the weight bearing strength of an anchor he sets during his ascent or descent. Without solid, well set, anchors many climbs would be impossible.
“I love the term ‘anchor.’ In climbing, rappelling, and mountaineering, people’s lives depend on anchors. In sport climbing, anchors are easy and reliable with bolts pre-anchored into the rockface for anyone to use. But the views at the top of these routes are often not as prized. In traditional climbing, rappelling, and mountaineering, you depend on anchors you build yourself, whether it is with cams, nuts, snow, trees, etc. If your anchor fails, death is likely. In these grave instances, you might build two or three redundant anchors for additional safety. Climbing without proper anchors is foolish, especially if you know you lack the skill to successfully complete the ascent without them.”
- Logan TuuraSki MountaineerSalt Lake City, Utah
We cannot ascend to the heights of freedom on our own—we have proven this repeatedly to ourselves and to others. This truth applies as you begin Exodus 90. Within your fraternity, each man should pair up with a brother. This particular brother is now your anchor, and you are his. If there is an odd number, make it a group of three. No one should attempt this ascent without an anchor. “Climbing without proper anchors is foolish...”
As your brother’s anchor, your commitment to him will include checking in with him daily; a simple text message or brief phone call can work great. You are also committed to pray for, encourage, admonish, apologize to, and consistently forgive your anchor throughout the exercise. If your anchor gets shaky (if he starts watching sports, perusing social media, or leaning into food or drink), help him to get reset in a solid, dependable place. This is not only for his sake but also for yours.
If “you are the man” (cf. 2 Samuel 12:7) skipping disciplines and starting to fall into sin, call your brother immediately. Let him know that his anchor is weak. This serves both you and your brother. It is far better to alert him to your weakness than to let him experience your failure as a dependable anchor.
Whatever brother you choose as your anchor within your fraternity, make a commitment to him. Be a steady and dependable anchor. The journey to the heights is challenging, but the view at the top is “breathtakingly worthwhile.” Help your brother get there.