We rarely see the people behind the spectacular accomplishments of others. For every one of our successes, there are people behind the scenes helping us accomplish great things. In the summer of 1989, Mark Wellman, a paraplegic, gained national recognition by climbing the sheer granite face of California’s El Capitan in Yosemite National Park.
On the seventh and final day of his climb, the headlines of The Fresno Bee read SHOWING A WILL OF GRANITE. Accompanying the headline was a photo of Mike Corbett carrying his climbing companion Mark Wellman on his shoulders. A subtitle said, PARAPLEGIC AND PARTNER PROVE NO WALL IS TOO HIGH TO SCALE.
What many people did not know is that Mike Corbett scaled the face of El Capitan three times in order to help Mark Wellman pull himself up once.
Our task as the church is to help someone challenged by life to become a success. We need not worry about recognition, because God sees all and knows all.