You know when you've agreed to something but then the reality of what that 'yes' means hits you? Well that's me now!
At the end of 2013, I was working with CAP Australia, when their National Director, Ross, started going on about the Tour de France in Yorkshire next July. He wanted to cycle the Grand Depart, as he's an avid fan and a decent cyclist. He said, ‘Why don’t you and Matt, plus the other CAP National Directors in New Zealand and Canada do it?’ Then it just popped out - an enthusiastic ‘yes’, which over the last few weeks has become more of an ‘I said what?’
The facts are that the Grand Depart is 120 miles long and has three 2,000 foot mountain pass climbs, I've never cycled further than five miles, and my only bike is mountain bike from a supermarket that weighs in at just over half a ton and sticks because I never built it right!
But I need to push myself, do something that will stretch me in discipline and determination. CAP needs continued financial support because we are growing and increasing, so I simply need to step up to the plate.
We are doing great at CAP. 2013 was an astonishing year throughout all our work around the world, but particularly in the UK where we are making huge progress. Yes, it would be easy to sit back and be a by-stander to all that’s happening, and perhaps I could argue I've done my bit over the years - hey, in 2011, I ran 15 marathons in 18 days, and 84 miles in just 30 hours in 2009. However, I know that’s not how it works, we all need to keep doing what’s needed; to step up to the challenge and play our part in the miracle CAP is becoming. I need to literally ‘get on my bike’ and I would just ask you to maybe do the same.
Whether that's joining me in a sponsored cycle, taking part in our ‘Week Without’ challenge, leaving CAP a gift in your will, becoming a Life Changer with a monthly donation, or increasing your existing gift - the list is endless! - organising a church talk, or getting involved practically in the work we are doing in 1,500 churches around the UK. Whatever it is, please don’t sit back and watch - there's no joy in that, no sense of ‘I did my bit’. We will see God continue to do the miracles (I think we might need one to get me through my 120 mile bike ride in June!). My plea to you is make sure you’re part of it. It will make the celebration at the end of 2014 and beyond so much more enjoyable than just watching from the sidelines.
One of my most loved quotes, from Theodore Roosevelt, sums it up:
‘The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust, sweat and blood, who strives valiantly.’