Written by: Carolyn McDonough
Day after day, our bodies are becoming physically stronger. With every pedal stroke, our legs become more powerful, our heart grows stronger, and our lungs can better handle the challenges on the road ahead. On the outside, we all are becoming strong warriors enduring the heat, wind, rain, mountains and anything that comes across our path. But are we becoming the strong spiritual warriors that we, as followers of Christ, are called to be? In 1 Timothy 4:8, it states, “for while bodily training is of some value, godliness is of value in every way, as it holds promise for the present life and also for the life to come.”
This trip is opening my eyes to see how much we can do when we are united as God’s warriors. The Lord is really showing me what it means to become a spiritually fit warrior: sharpening me, strengthening me, and giving me more wisdom by His Word and bringing forth a boldness to teach others this truth. Day by day, He has continually showed us His faithfulness through the beautiful sunrises and incredible creation, protection on the road, and showing His love through others. The build days that we have along this trip are the days where we are true warriors impacting the lives around us. On those days, we are being the hands and feet and truly taking action just like Christ did. It’s incredible to see the impact we have had on others throughout this trip. Likewise, it’s also incredible to see the impact others have had on us as we ride across the nation with the goal of eliminating poverty housing, spreading the word of the Fuller Center, repairing homes and being the light to others we serve along the way.
As the Lord declared in Isaiah 40: 31, “but they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run [or bike] and not grow weary; they shall walk and not faint.” When we look for our power and strength from God and put our complete trust in Him, we will have the strength to conquer any hill or mountain that comes in front of us, with strength just like warriors on the frontline.