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Dear Friends,
I trust you are doing well and looking forward to Sunday.
Recently I read about a young lady named Amanda Coker, 24, who over the course of a year rode her bike the equivalent of almost four times around the Earth. From May 15, 2016, to May 14, 2017, Coker rode 86,500 miles; setting a Guinness World Record for most miles ridden in a year. The old record, set in 1938, was a “mere” 29,603.7 miles. Coker almost tripled that number. For perspective, she averaged an astonishing 235 miles per day for 365 days. That’s about the distance from Midvalley Bible to Idaho Falls, Idaho. 
Beginning at 4 a.m. every morning, Coker hopped on her bike and began riding. On her slowest day, she rode 55 miles, more than most people bike in a month. Her best day of riding was 302 miles (which is from the church to well past St. George, Utah!).
Perhaps more impressive than the miles Coker logged is the fact that she accomplished it just six years after a near-fatal accident.
In 2011, Amanda and her father Ricky were riding their bikes when they were struck from behind by a car. Coker flew more than 50 feet. She suffered a traumatic brain injury, spinal injury, broken leg, and lacerations. Her father suffered a fractured spine.
The accident took Coker out of cycling, but not for long. In 2015, she got back on the proverbial horse and biked 2,935 miles across the entire U.S in 2015.
Here’s the part I found amazing: she did it all on one stretch of road. Coker biked a seven-mile loop around Flatwoods Park in Tampa, Fla., almost every day for the last year.  Coker rode, on average, 13 hours a day and traveled 236.8 miles per day. The same road, same scenery, same curves in the road for 86,500 miles in one year.  You have to admire her persistence, dedication, and endurance.  Given the same task: I would have gone crazy!
The Bible likens the Christian life to a race. It calls for the same persistence and dedication as displayed by Amanda Coker. But here’s the big difference. The road of life is unique each and every day. No two days are alike. We meet new people and are given different opportunities. But it requires the same dedication and persistence. The Bible says: We are to run with endurance the race that is set before us,  looking to Jesus, the founder, and perfecter of our faith (Hebrews 12:1-2).
God’s not calling us to set records, but He is calling us to persistently endure. My encouragement is simple: Stay strong, focused, and never quit. As we travel, we see new scenery and opportunities every day.
See you this Sunday in person or online
In the light of His glory and grace,
Pastor Doug