Me, Humble??

By Chappy Jack

July 18, 2019

Location: Great Barrington, Massachusetts

Mile: 1523

Miles to go: 670

Romans 12:3 For by grace given me I say to every one of you, Do not think of yourself more highly than you ought, but think of yourself with sober judgement in accordance with the faith God has distributed to each of you.

The AT is often referred to as “the great equalizer.” It does not matter what race or creed, social or financial status, or past accomplishment, all AT hikers have to go step by step to complete the 2,192-mile journey.

My wife, Marty, recently asked me during our nightly phone conversation, how the AT has changed me. I did not have an answer for her at the time, but the question did put me in pondering mode.

I know that I have always been quick to judge people by appearance alone, and being judgmental is rooted in pride and arrogance. As I have made these quick judgments on the AT, I have been proven wrong time after time. The hikers that I previously judged, have been extremely good at skills needed for the AT, and simply just “good people.”

So, now back to my wife’s question on how I have changed: I hope and pray that I am becoming less judgmental and prideful.

Lord Jesus, forgive me for my pride and arrogance. Help me by to love ALL others.

Climbing ladder built into stone boulder.
New Jersey/New York line
Nice to have non-hiker restaurant food.
Yes, there are bears on the trail in New York. Big bears on the trail in New York.
My hiking buddy, “Doc.”

10 Replies to “Me, Humble??”

  1. Hey Jack!👋 Saw Marty last week and she said you looked like Papa Smurf. She is right! Looking forward to hearing all about your trek in a couple months! An amazing journey God has led you on and provided for you all the way! Stay safe! Love and hugs😁💖

  2. Jack, what an accomplishment and what great time with the Lord!! Continue prayers for your safety. Thanks for sharing. Love you.

  3. Cuzzzzz! You are soooo doing this! 🏃🏽
    2100 miles … what a way to retire! I see that beard and I know you would probably be to skinny now to be Santa 🎅🏼 for the kids👩🏾‍💼👩🏼‍💻👨🏾‍💻👩🏾‍💼👩🏼‍💻👨‍🔧
    If so practice those ho ho ho’s while hiking the AT
    You better have some bear 🐻 spray in that back pack!
    Take care and God speed to the end
    ♥️ Your work family cuz, ShaunDahle

    1. God bless you, Jack! I’m so proud of you. What a journey- not just physically but spiritually. We can all learn to be less judgmental! But I surly hope God doesn’t lead me to walk the AT to do so.😊 Hang in there. You are loved!

  4. Jack, so cool to see your photos. You look great. Just about 1/3 to go. God bless you and keep you safe. I know you’re a blessing to everyone you meet along the trail.

  5. Jack, you are truly amazing! Jim and I are in awe of your accomplishments, and we are so proud of you! You are very near the end of this adventure, so what are you planning to do next? Can’t wait to hear! Take care of yourself and hope you enjoy your travels in Massachusetts! You know that state holds a very special place in my heart. We love and miss you!

  6. Doing great! God teaches His lessons and His ways when we are ready to hear them! Listening is our job, and you are a wonderful example!

  7. Jack I am so glad that you are enjoying your journey. The scenery looks awesome.
    May God watch over you and get you safely through your journey and home.

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