Monday, January 31, 2011

The Fun-draising

It's be awhile since I have raised money for a cause I care about or an opportunity worth sacrificing for. Its not something I tend to get excited about because asking people for help is always humbling and usually in opposition to "you can do this on your own" mentality that is prevalent in our society. But the truth is, I can't do it on my own. This ride is about helping families get into decent housing so they can have a safe place to call home. If I consider how great this need is both domestically and internationally, I instantly become overwhelmed by the need for resources both physical and financial. However, if I consider that I could help one family, while it may seem a drop in the bucket of the greater problem, its still a drop and a more manageable one.

It is humbling for me to realize that I can't even help one family without help from others, and it is even more humbling to watch my friends and family come along side me to help meet this goal. I put in my contribution and believing that God is both calling me on this trip and to serve others. I have been made tearful and grateful when I see how others are contributing. Its seems partially because of the cause I am riding for but more likely that it is a belief in me and the calling God has placed on me. And anytime one person says to another, "what you're doing matters." it is a beautiful thing and evidence of the work of God. I have nothing to boast about other than that God would have mercy through Christ on a lowly sinner, like me. And then lead me to serve others while doing something I love. And also provide support and encouragement from others to reach this goal, so that there might be one less family without a place to call home. Only God would do that because if it were up to me, I wouldn't have to ask for help. But then I would miss out on being humbled in a way only fundraising seems to do and we would miss sharing this adventure together!

Thank you everyone for your prayers and support!!! I hope that Jesus blesses your socks off too!!!

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

A Change of Heart

When I first signed up for this trip I was and still am really excited about the cycling. We will get to ride though the country and see breath-taking views and have a once in a lifetime type adventure. There are few things in my life that I love more than cycling and the challenge of the riding on this trip is something I am eager to tackle. I have been so cycling focused at times that I could easily lose sight of what this trip is really about. People.

As I have read the other riders' profiles and worked on my segment of the trip, I have started to see that cycling is really secondary to all that we will do as a group. Sure, I could ride all over the country and have a wonderful time but those sights and experiences are so much sweeter when shared with others. I almost find myself looking forward to meeting the other people and the build days that I am forgetting (sort of) that we will ride our bikes each day.

I can tell that God has been at work in my heart. Changing my focus from myself to others. I really love cycling but I love people more and getting both together is what will really make this trip an adventure. I think that some of this realization has come about because recently I have become more acquainted with my sin and how much of a jerk I can be. And then I have been completely humbled to look at my ugliness and recognize the grace and mercy God has extended to me through Christ, which I do not deserve. This receiving of things undeserved makes me want to serve, not of obligation but of gratitude.

So this summer is now about serving others first and cycling second. Not the other way around, although I am sure there will be times I need to be reminded of this, for I can be forgetful when I lose sight of what Christ has done for me.

Meet the other riders who will share in this adventure with me: