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As I graduated from college, before starting my career, three friends and I decided to take an adventure trip and bike across the United States.
On June 1, 1978, we placed our bicycle wheels in the Pacific Ocean and began peddling east across America. Many people had done this, but the unique aspect of our trip was that we were traveling without any food or money. All four of us regularly read the Bible and were athletic, and we wanted to live out before others that the Bible was as relevant today as when Jesus walked on earth. Therefore we took seriously the words of Jesus that he had given to his disciples in Matthew 10 that He would provide for their needs. We did have seven mail stops scheduled along our 3,500-mile trip, but we didn’t know what would happen between those stops.
On August 16—77 days later—we had reached the Atlantic Ocean, and I can attest to the fact that the words of Jesus in the Bible are as true today as when He first said them. We did not miss a single meal during that two-and-a-half-month bike trip, nor did we ever ask for one. I learned that God cares for me and will provide for all my needs if I will live for Him and trust Him.
Without a doubt, this experience had a significant impact on me and has shaped how I live life today.
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