The Bible says to “run the race with endurance that God had set before us”, in another passage it says, “in due time you will reap or succeed if you don’t quit”, and again, “if we put our hand to the plow and then quit God has no pleasure in us”, and finally the Apostle Paul says ” I finished the race”. Endurance is a big deal to God and is a major key to growing in character and accomplishing anything of worth. On this bicycle trip every day was very hard and the thought “I would like to quit” popped into my head everyday, often every hour. Continuing to get on the bike every day was a choice. Jesus said, ” the gate is narrow and the way hard that leads to life and there are few who choose it”. In many people the desire for ease and comfort is stronger than the desire for success, growth, and accomplishment. Endurance is a mental thing. Our flesh is lazy, driven to seek comfort, and will prompt thoughts in our brain to choose the easy way. Conquering those thoughts with determination, commitment, and resolute pursuit of our goals is key. A bicycle trip across the nation isn’t really that big of a deal, but a marriage is, our walk with God is, our faithful reading of the Bible is, our commitment to a ministry is, our devotion to prayer is, and people quit those things all the time.