A couple of weeks ago our area hosted an Ironman competition. It was put on by a Houston hospital. It is an intense competition drawing almost 3,000 competitors from all over the country. But the best part is that it goes right by our house.
We had been looking forward to it. We had our chairs at the end of our driveway. We had drinks and snacks and things to do. The competition had three parts, a three mile swim (I think it may be a little less than three miles, but it's close), a 112 mile bike race and a full marathon - in that order. I just can't imagine the physical shape you have to be in to do all of that in one day.
Our house is on the bike path. We sit right before the 85-mile mark. By the time they get to us they are hot and tired. It didn't help that it was 90 degrees and that Texas sun was beating down.
For four hours, we had a great time greeting and cheering the bikers. We even got to step in and help a few that were struggling, providing water, shade and a place to sit.
Amy enjoyed making signs and held them high while waving the competitors on. It was neat to be able to be a blessing to those passing right by our home.
Serving others can be as simple as hanging out in your own driveway, providing the most basic of needs to those passing by. We had a great time, met a lot of interesting people from all over the world and hopefully met some needs along the way. What a great way to spend an afternoon!