The Voice Said

You ever feel like you’re standing at the base of a huge mountain, hopelessly staring to the top?

Feelings that you’re overwhelmed and under equipped grip your heart and seem to glue your feet to the ground.

I remember feeling like this when I arrived in Kaohsiung, Taiwan as a young missionary, tasked with learning Mandarin Chinese well enough to teach and preach for a 2 year mission trip.

A foreign land, a foreign people, a foreign language – my task felt impossible.

Last year, in the middle of our family’s first fix and flip venture, I felt those feelings again.

One day, after firing a contractor who owed us $5,000 – I stood in the living room – surrounded by a house that had been torn down to the studs.

With practically zero construction or renovation experience, I felt like I wanted to drop to my knees and cry, at the base of that mountain.

Then, in the midst of my darkness – a ray of light shone through to my mind and spoke these words,

…’No one is coming to save you Paul.’

I realized – if it was to be – it was up to me.

My spirit seemed to straighten up, and despite the enormity of the mountain in front of me, I started to climb.

1 step at a time.

I started with what I could do, and when I ran into something I couldn’t – I asked for help or figured it out when I got there.

Believe it or not, I made it to the top, and finished the project.

Maybe the voice was right.

Thanks for stopping by and whatever you do, always go for your dreams,

Paul Hutchings

Paul Hutchings

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