Inspired by the Mission
Vera Wetteroff of Barnhart, MO, USA
For by the grace given to me I say to everyone among you not to think of yourself more highly than you ought to think, but to think with sober judgement, each according to the measure of faith that God has assigned. For as in one body we have many members, and not all the members have the same function, so we, who are many, are one body in Christ, and individually we are members one of another. -Romans 12:3-5
Our family participates every year in a fundraising event for cancer research in St. Louis known as Pedal the Cause (PTC). Usually, I sign up to ride twenty miles, try to raise the minimum required fundraising amount, and enjoy the weekend-long celebration. This is a huge event, where thousands of participants all ride their chosen course and attend events with our PTC community. Like many, I have been disappointed, and even depressed, as the coronavirus has continued to drag through the summer and into the fall. Social events became virtual, were canceled, or were postponed. PTC decided to go virtual with the theme “Pedal the Cause Inspired.”
It was an emotional struggle to go through the summer and not be able to bike with family to get prepared. Medication I sometimes take makes me too unbalanced for biking. Even though my family often biked while socially distancing, I often stayed home. It was uncertain if I would even be able to ride on the day of the event. During one of my “pity parties,” I found the Spirit asking me, “Is this what Pedal the Cause is all about?”
I recalled the mission and vision for PTC. The mission is to fund cancer research. The vision is to “Create a World without Cancer.” This reflection inspired me to refocus, not on bike riding, but on the mission aspect of funding cancer research projects to create a world without cancer. In past years, I focused only on reaching the minimum fundraising goal set for me by PTC. I was not inspired to do more than minimum. This year, I set my own goal above that minimum. I began to follow the step-by-step guidelines for fundraising. As a result, the funds raised were more than double my own goal.
In Community of Christ, our mission is to proclaim Jesus Christ and promote communities of joy, hope, love, and peace. Only with this focus can we reach the vision of the kingdom of God. Like a world without cancer, it may seem unreachable at times. When we are inspired and focus on our Mission Initiatives, even in difficult times, then we are rewarded for our efforts…and inspired by the mission.
Are we moving toward Jesus, the peaceful One?
Breathing God’s Compassion
Light a candle and sit quietly, reflecting on the fire and light of God. Pay attention to your breathing and let it become calmer and deeper as you focus on God’s presence. Ask God to breathe in you. Image each breath carrying the light of God into your lungs, bloodstream, and every cell in your body until God’s Spirit fills you. Now imagine breathing out God’s compassion and grace each time you exhale. Pray to have the Spirit of Christ radiate from your life like the gentle flame of a candle.
Today’s Prayer for Peace
Engage in a daily practice of praying for peace in our world. Click here to read today’s prayer and be part of this practice of peace.