JEFFREY SWAINSTON, CHAPLAIN
2589 144th Avenue
Dorr, MI 49323
(616) 405-6921
jeff@jnsphoto.biz


SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER  2017 GRANGE NEWS

What’s Your Ambition?

Mount Everest towers 5 ½ miles above the surface of the earth. The mystical mountain has lured countless adventurers to scale its majestic peak.

Edmund Hillary and his guide, Tenzing Norgay, let the first successful assent against the towering Everest. Week after week they inched up the face of the world’s tallest mountain. The odds were overpoweringly against them. Avalanches threatened to claim their very lives. Deep crevasses resisted their passing. High winds howled warnings. Extreme steepness defied their ingenuities. This air sapped their strength.

​As they ascended, they continued to build new camps. Each camp got smaller as more and more of the expedition team retreated. But eventually what was left of the team arrived at the top of Mount Everest. In his autobiography, Hillary described the exhilaration of becoming the first to stand on top of the world.
Here is the interesting part. Fifteen minutes after they arrived, the raw fury of nature forced them to begin their descent. Fifteen minutes at the top. All that effort and sacrifice for fifteen minutes of fame.

​Each of us has our own personal Everest. Some goal to achieve great heights. Some motive to walk among great people. Many people often describe their search for human achievement along the line of climbing the peak of a temporal summit.

​Most of us, at some point in our lives, will climb the wrong mountain. We pursue selfish ambitions. We climb to the top of our ladders only to find out they were leaning on the wrong wall. For fifteen minutes of fame. Was it worth the price?

​Do you have a mountain of ambition you are trying to scale? Only a weary few get to stand at the top, for maybe fifteen minutes. Are you climbing the wrong mountain? Are you ascending a hill where you can dwell in eternity or are you simply looking for your fifteen minutes of fame? If you have been climbing the wrong mountain, ask God to redirect your ambition. Only He can help you refocus your visions and your ambitions for your own life. From His mountain we will never need to descend. The choice is yours. Will it be fifteen minutes or eternity?

Exalt the Lord our God and worship at His holy mountain, for the Lord our God is holy. ~Psalm 99:9

JULY/AUGUST 2017 GRANGE NEWS

CONGRATULATIONS TO JEFF AND NANCY SWAINSTON
Jeff has recently been appointed by the Bishop and The Michigan Area Conference Cabinet to serve as Pastor of the Manton United Methodist Church Effective July 1st.

Please keep Jeff and Nancy in your prayers during this time of transition.  They will be moving to Manton.

Be strong and courageous, the Lord your God is with you wherever you go. — Joshua 1:9
Memorial List has been moved to a sub-page of this page.

Hover your mouse over Chaplain and then click on Memorials.

Prayer Request Form

Complete this form If you have a prayer request or would like a card sent to a member. Or text me at the number listed above.