It’s Too Hard!

startCan I challenge us a bit as we begin a new week?

I talked to several people over the weekend about U COUNT Front Range Tour 2013. Common comments went something like, “Riding 450 miles in a week seems like it would be really hard.”

Well, yeah. There’s sweat and work and commitment involved in just about any worthwhile endeavor. As a friend once reminded me, “Rich, life ain’t all about bein’ easy.”

Learn to do right; seek justice.
Defend the oppressed.
Take up the cause of the fatherless;
plead the case of the widow. Isaiah 1:17

I’m pretty sure God knew defending the oppressed might require courage and sacrifice. I don’t think He expected seeking justice to be easy.

I think God wants us to engage with our faith. He wants us to do something beyond talking, thinking, or reading about it. He wants us to get off the couch and actually apply our gifts and passions to make a difference.

Engagement means stepping out of your comfort zone. It means acting in faith, trusting God for the outcome. It means facing your fear, going beyond your self-created limitations.

Engagement can be fun. It can be exciting, rejuvenating, and encouraging. But it’s rarely easy.

In his 1962 speech challenging America to send a man to the moon, President John F. Kennedy said, “We choose to go to the moon in this decade and do the other things, not because they are easy, but because they are hard.”

President Kennedy stated a fundamental truth. Worthwhile objectives aren’t achieved within the safe boundaries of easy and comfortable. Something special happens when individuals unite to form a team based on shared sacrifice to achieve a common purpose.

Perhaps you’re avoiding an opportunity that touches a spot in your heart because you’re afraid it might be too difficult, or too expensive, or too ______ (you fill the blank). I know the feeling.

I resisted the dream that became RICH’S RIDE for more than a decade. Guys in wheelchairs can’t do stuff like that, right?

If you’re waiting for God to call you to something easy or safe, I respectfully suggest you reconsider.

The team of U COUNT Front Range Tour 2013 will bring hope and freedom to victims of sexual exploitation by riding bikes through beautiful country with a team of great people. What could be better than that?

It won’t be easy. But it’s gonna be a blast!

Here are some links to check out:

I hope you’ll consider joining us. Free people—free people.

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