This video represents 29 years of blood, sweat, and tears . .. . Completing this 19 day journey across America drew from a lifetime of experiences and training. It took every ounce of strength in my body and every inch of drive in my heart. It was the single most difficult thing I’ve ever done, and it changed my life forever. My greatest hope and prayer is that, in some small way, it may impact yours as well. Dream Big !
I’ve been asked a lot of questions in my short time home, but one question seems to come up more than any other . . . “What do you think about during your long hours of solitude?” While I usually respond with some saintly answer like “solving the world’s problems”, the truth is I’m usually just counting mile markers or humming along to a Justin Bieber tune. However, once in a while when I’m not careful, my mind does slip off into something semi-deep.
I’m not sure what inspired it, but somewhere in Texas I found myself fixated on the connection between passion and purpose. It probably goes without saying, but one of my greatest passions in life is biking. I don’t know why, but for some reason the simple act of pedaling through distant lands excites me like nothing else. It amazes me how such a simple device can carry me such great distances utilizing nothing more than my own feeble strength.
While trivial in nature, this simple passion has given me a greater sense of purpose than almost anything else in recent years. It’s lead me to believe that there are no trivial passions. Whether it’s music, technology, or fashion design, I believe all true passions are God-given and intended to be used for his glory. It may not always make sense at the time, but I’m convinced that the purpose of our passions will eventually be revealed if we’re faithful in developing them and also surrendering them to the Lord.
Nothing is more rewarding in life than finding purpose in our passions. Colossians 3:17 says “And whatever you do or say, do it as a representative of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks through him to God the Father.” Even in the most exhausting moments of my journey, I still felt incredibly blessed. I am forever indebted to the many people who gave such deep and meaningful purpose to this slightly crazy passion of mine. My desire is that others will be able to find purpose in their God-given passions as well. This is my revelation, and this is my prayer for you.
Thank you so much for following me on my journey.
After biking through more than 300 communities over the past 19 days, I’ve come to the conclusion that there is no place like home. I feel like the most blessed person in the world right now. I’ve experienced love and kindness beyond what I deserve, and I just want everyone to know that I am more grateful now than I’ve ever been in my entire life.
After 19 of the most grueling days of my life, I finally reached the Atlantic Ocean on Saturday, June 1st
Dream Big Tour (Day 7 – 12)
Hey Everyone ! I’m sorry that I haven’t been able to upload my daily video updates. Unfortunately, public WiFi is not very conducive to this. As a result, most of my updating has been on Facebook. Feel free to search me and add me as a friend. Just search “David Jensen (from Fergus Falls)”. Here’s a recap of the last 5 days. Thank you so much for all the encouragement and support.
Dream Big Tour Update !
On a cool crisp April day, a group of cyclists set out to complete what I first attempted three months ago – a century ride around legendary Lake Alice. However, the end result was very different this time around.
Affinity Plus Lake Alice 100
This once-decrepit road bike I purchased last Summer will soon be carrying me across America. I took it out on its maiden voyage this morning, and I had to laugh at that slight twinge of saddle discomfort I felt after making my three mile commute to work ….
Is my bike up to the challenge?
We had more than 70 riders complete more than 2100 laps on Saturday, exceeding all expectations for the first-ever Lake Alice 100! Records were broken, dreams were fulfulled, and we had a great time to boot! Our youngest riders were ages 3 and 4 (2 laps each!), and we watched two cousins, ages 10 & 12 each complete more than FIFTY MILES in 44 laps! We had 10 riders who completed the 100 mile challenge (those that were Affinity Plus members EACH raised $174 in support of the Dream Big Scholarship). It was very exciting for me to be able to provide a check from Affinity Plus Federal Credit Union to the Fergus Falls Area College Foundation for $1470.50 this morning. This check, in conjunction with the money that was contributed to the tip jar at the event, raised almost $1600 IN ONE DAY in support of the Dream Big Scholarship. Thank you, thank you, thank you to every person who showed up to ride, volunteer, or cheer us on. Saturday was a GREAT day in Fergus Falls – Nick Mariotti Affinity Plus Credit Union