There is more to a race than finishing first. Sometimes finishing alone is an accomplishment.
Imagine racing across the US for 4800 kms on a bike, all alone without a support team. Coast to coast through all the weather and terrain extremes you can imagine. The winner of last year’s Trans Am race did it in 18 days, 10 minutes. (https://transambikerace.com)
How does one go about preparing and training for such an event? Endless practice to develop physical stamina, mental resolve, and deliberate strategy were no doubt involved in making it to the finish line. It is a truly amazing story that makes you stop and consider what one can do when perseverance and dedication are applied to specific goals.
Perseverance and dedication. These two admirable and valued character qualities are a requirement
for biking, but even more so – for life. Throughout the year I’ve heard these words frequently at LCES.
When those two qualities are matched with an intentional, worthwhile purpose – like easing the burden of those around us, being a faithful presence in all circumstances, an being an encouraging force, an agent of blessing by choice - then we truly have travelled the road in the most excellent way. In doing so, we aim to “…use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace.” (1 Peter 4:10)
How good it is that we can teach our children in this most excellent way at LCES each day! May we
seek the kingdom (Matthew 6:33) with perseverance, dedication, and purpose in all we do and say