A few summers ago two Britishers ran 2,027 miles along the length of the 14
highest mountains in the world. In the process they climbed a whopping 290,000
feet and traversed 64 mountain passes. The Himalayas furnish some pretty
grueling terrain, indeed.

Brothers Richard and Adrian Crane ran their Himalayan trek in a record 101
days, all in hopes of raising money for a British charity. As it turned out,
they suffered heat exhaustion, dysentery, heel blisters, torn nails, bruises,
and bleeding feet — plus one nasty gash to the head from a rock fall — to
raise all of $10,700 by journey’s end. That works out to less than two cents
per thousand steps they pounded out. One hopes a few more donations have come
in since!

Imagine trying to accomplish such a mega-marathon feat. Especially if, like the Crane brothers, you had spent only two weekends running
through the countryside before flying off to Barjeeling, India, to start your

The Cranes said their primary training was mental, not physical. You know the
concept: “Put your mind to it, and you can do anything.” While that
does not always prove true, we all have a mind for something, whether it’s
music money, power, sports, respectability, social status, a happy home, or a
comfortable life. Everybody is dedicated to something.

At some point, however, either at our conversion or sometime later, we all have
to answer some important questions. Will I dedicate my life to Jesus Christ?
Will I make everything else secondary and live for Him? Will I seek first the
kingdom of God and His righteousness? Is it true for me that “to live is

Illustration taken from:
Palau’s book, How to Renew Your Spiritual
, Discovery House, 1995.

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Luis Palau and his ministry have shared the Gospel with more than 1 billion people through evangelistic events and media. He has spoken in person to 30 million people in 75 countries, with more than 1 million registered decisions for Jesus Christ. Luis Palau festivals have produced some of the largest audiences ever recorded in cities from south Florida to South America. His radio broadcasts in both English and Spanish are heard by millions on 3,500 radio outlets in 48 countries. Among other top-tier programs, Luis currently hosts Luis Palau Responde, an international Q&A program in Spanish, and Reaching Your World, a devotional-style program emphasizing biblical wisdom. He has authored close to 50 books, contributed articles on issues of faith to countless publications, and counseled business leaders, political leaders, and heads of state around the world.

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