“How beautiful are the hands and feet of Jesus” brought a whole new meaning when two friends and I rollerbladed for 1000 minutes all for the cause of Christ. By the end of the day, we couldn’t feel our toes, our ankles and hands appeared as watermelons, our feet and shins were black, blue and bloody, but it was all worth it. We rollerbladed 1000 minutes in an effort to raise $1000 to advance the kingdom of God. At the end of 1000 minutes, we collectively rollerbladed 78.9 miles and the whole time we prayed.
While rollerblading, I was simply reminded of people I saw while in India this summer. I saw people carrying washing machines and dryers, hundreds of pounds on their back up the steep mountains of the Himalayas, as their only way to make any money. While rollerblading remembered the pain they went through. I remembered the girls and boys who had been in human trafficking, I remembered those still in human trafficking. I remembered those who walk for tens of miles just for clean water, or just a small taste of food to get them through the day. I remembered those who have never heard the name of Jesus and doesn’t know the truth. Of those who haven’t had a life-changing encounter with Jesus. And for them, I rollerblade.
The temporary pain I experienced was nothing compared to the pain of those we prayed for and are giving to. In fact, to rollerblade outside with friends, having water and snacks would be more than a blessing to many. We all too often are self-centered, focusing on our hurts, our pain, and our shortcomings that we miss out on the blessings surrounding us. When we focus on our circumstances, we lose sight of Jesus. Rick Warren, the pastor of Saddleback Church, said “Life is not a 50-yard dash, it is a marathon. I want you to make it to the finish line. The only way to do that is to focus on Jesus, not on yourself.” as Hebrews 12:2 says she “let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God.” To endure the unendurable you must focus on the one who does the impossible.
In dog obedience school, they put a dog at one end of a room and their master at the other, with a plate of food in the middle. Then, the master calls to their dog. If their eyes are on the food, the dog will run straight to the food. If the eyes are set on the master, the dog will resist the temptation and run to their master. In order to not be attached to your circumstances and distracted, you must keep your eyes on your master, God. Do what Jonah did while in the belly of a whale. He said, “When I had lost all hope, I turned my thoughts once more to the Lord” (Jonah 2:7). When you are to of lost all hope, turn your thoughts once more to Jesus. Seek him with all your heart.
While rollerblading 1000 minutes, I had to constantly submit my thoughts and ways to Jesus and seek Him. I learned to take my eyes off my circumstances and keep my eyes on Him, who sustains me. In India, we often talked about how “you can do anything for a short amount of time”. I reminded myself of this frequently, and the why behind the what. I chose bloody, swollen feet, numb toes, and shaky knees for the ones who are without a choice. For those without clean food and water, who are stuck in sex trafficking, who are orphaned, and for the biggest hurt, not knowing Jesus.
And for that, I would do it 1000 times again.