I had a great time at the USPRO championships in Philadelphia, PA.
I was there as a Tour of Hope representative, and we were introduced
on the winners circle stage. There were 50,000 spectating
the races, and there was an expo area that everyone was visiting.
Our Tour of Hope RV was right at the entrance of the expo area and
lots of people were signing the cancer promise http://www.tourofhope.org/promise/index.php.
It was so encouraging to see. For me the highlight of the weekend
was not being up on stage, or being able to spectate some of the
greatest bike racing in the U.S. For me the highlight was having
the opportunity to connect with some old friends from my racing
Two of these
friends were instrumental in helping me dig out of my egocentric
ways and into a life lived for God. They were never pushy about
their faith. They simply shared stories of how God worked in their
life. It made an impact. When I was unable to recognize the source
of their positive energy, when I was too blinded by my own problems
to see that there is a world out there that needs help, their examples
of living for Christ made a lasting impression on me. They were
the fragrance of Christ for me.
and interestingly, both of them were tired and a little downtrodden
when I saw them. One of these women was an Olympic hopeful, who
had recently learned her shot at the 2004 Olympics was not to be.
The other has faced a very difficult time launching Team Spirit
this year, which was formed to serve Christ on the racing scene.
Both felt like their work for God was not going the way it should,
and they were both questioning their involvement with the racing
scene. Both were having a hard time understanding Gods plan
for their life. Both desired a life change that might bless them
with a child.
From my perspective,
I had to let them know that their lives and influence meant more
to me than they could ever imagine. They have both served God very
well in ways they were unaware of. They were the fragrance of Christ
for me at a critical time that very likely made the difference for
me to be saved or to perish.
we held the first annual Blue Butterfly Family Fun Day. We had a
gorgeous day. There were butterflies everywhere, and the events
of the day went smoothly for the most part. I felt as though God
and Bennett were shining down on us. We did not have the turnout
for our mountain bike race that we had hoped for, and when the proceeds
for the day were counted, we realized that we did just a little
better than breaking even. We knew this was a possibility going
into the event, and we figured that even if all we did was increase
public awareness about the Fund it would be worth the time and energy
(enormous) that went into planning, organizing, and running an event
like this. However, at the end of the day, I was puzzled at how
the Blue Butterfly Fund could support its missions if we could not
host a financially successful fundraising event. As I was driving
in to meet up with mother and aunt who came all the way from Georgia
to help us with the Blue Butterfly Family Fun Day, a peace came
over me. There was a beautiful sunset, and God told me two things.
Do what you do best
write a weekly devotional and
communicate with parents of children with cancer. And dont
try so hard. I would never worry about money to support myself,
but here I was worrying about money to support the Blue Butterfly
Fund even though God has provided the money we needed just as we
needed from the very beginning.
When I got to
Lewisburg it was after 9:00pm (last week time lost all meaning for
me), I was telling my mother and aunt about how our proceeds for
the day did not turn out so great, and they had a surprise for me.
My cousin and my aunt had organized a benefit concert for the Blue
Butterfly Fund in Georgia. They raised over $500 and my mother,
aunt, and uncle donated another $1000 to the Fund because they sold
a family held property. I was in totally amazement. God is so amazing.
Just when I was feeling very concerned for the financial status
of the Blue Butterfly Fund, God lets me know that He will always
provide. Once again, God lifts my spirits and builds my trust that
all will be exactly as it is meant to be.
My cousin, aunt,
uncle and mom could never really understand how important their
work for God has been for me. And so it is with most of us. We are
never fully aware of the work we are doing for God. We are the fragrance
of Christ to many. Most of the time we are unaware of the impacts
we are making. When we begin to question our role or feel disappointed
by our own accomplishments, we must continue to trust that Gods
accomplishments are all that matters. We need to find what we do
best, and do it the best we can. We need to love everyone regardless
of their beliefs. We need to be open and reach out to those in need.
In this way, the fragrance of Christ wafts to all the reaches of
be to God, who always leads us in triumphal procession in Christ
and through us spreads everywhere the fragrance of the knowledge
of him. For we are to God the aroma of Christ among those who are
being saved and those who are perishing. -
2 Corinthians 2:15
throw ourselves into religious activities without having made our
life one of prayer, we run into danger. Our days and nights are
filled with teaching or printing a newsletter, working in an outreach
program or a food bank, and inner city rehabilitation project or
on lobbying efforts. We feel we are doing the Lords work,
and perhaps we are. But we will never know unless we take the time
to listen to his voice and be certain we are following his promptings
and not ambitious ones that start in self. We must always ask ourselves
whether we are working to please God or to satisfy our own need
for achieving results. Judith C. Lechman
Father, we are
an ambitious group. We want to serve you well. We busy our lives
with plans and schemes that we attempt in order to bring you glory.
Yet, by simply living a life that brings us closer to you through
prayer and doing what we do best thanks to the gifts you have given
us, we bring you the greatest glory. We are the aroma of Christ,
and Your scent is a fresh reminder of the love you have for us all.