Mountains fascinate Trudy Cathy White, from the mountaintop outside her childhood home where parents Jeannette and Truett Cathy of Chick-fil-A fame led family Bible studies to the rough spiritual mountains that have tried her faith.
White, a Christian entrepreneur, speaker and former International Mission Board missionary, offers wisdom from personal mountaintops in a new book, “Climb Every Mountain: Finding God Faithful in the Journey of Life.”
She and husband John built their home on that childhood mountaintop in suburban Atlanta, reared four children and completed a 10-year stint near Sugarloaf Mountain in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, as IMB missionaries. Today, two Gospel-centered ministries the couple co-founded, LifeShape and Impact 360 Institute, improve the lives of children and adults internationally.
Life’s struggles and pains, White told Baptist Press today (Jan. 11), have strengthened her relationship with God, whom she describes as a mountain of fortitude.
“I see mountains as symbols of God’s unchanging, resolute presence. He sits like a mighty mountain, unmoving and unaffected by the storms of life,” she writes in her book. “Second, mountains represent the many struggles, obstacles, and challenges I’ve faced throughout my life. They mark where the road gets rough, where the climb seems too steep.”
The advantages of growing up in a Christian home as the only daughter among the Cathy’s three children, having parents who modeled Christian principles personally and professionally, and managing her first Chick-fil-A franchise as a 19-year-old college freshman were not enough to shield White from pain.
“After all, God’s supposed to make our lives easy, right?” White posed. “Wrong. Life is hard.”
White’s most difficult journey has been understanding her own identity, she told BP, as she has always been introduced as the daughter of the founder of Chick-fil-A.
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Source: Baptist Press