Learning Thankfulness

Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us. Hebrews 12:1

A couple of weeks ago I accomplished a dream.

I’m still learning from the experience. Perhaps that’s how it works—true significance only becomes apparent when you have some time to reflect and attain a more accurate perspective.

One important lesson from Rich’s Ride involves my absolute interdependence on other people. I may be able to survive on my own—that’s independence—but I cannot thrive in isolation.

I enjoy having folks congratulate me. But I don’t want to enjoy it too much, because this was a team accomplishment. I quite literally couldn’t have done this alone.

God wired us to do life together, face-to-face and side-by-side. The solitary Christian is a myth.

I’m thankful for all the people who extended themselves to make Rich’s Ride such a wonderful experience. I’m especially thankful for Becky, who did about a thousand thankless tasks every day to make it all work.

I’m here because throughout my life people invested in me and believed in me. That’s the story of Rich’s Ride and the story of Relentless Grace. I’m glad they didn’t give up, because mostly I didn’t make it easy for them.

I’m thankful.

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Copyright 2010 by Rich Dixon, All Rights Reserved. Used by permission.

Rich is an author and speaker. He is the author of:

Relentless Grace: God’s Invitation To Give Hope Another Chance. Visit his web site www.relentlessgrace.com

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