“Whoever pursues righteousness and love finds life, prosperity and honor.” — Proverbs 21:21
There seems to be no time in my life when I was not involved in some form of BMX. In the early 1980s, I was introduced to flatland freestyle — I was hooked! I rode my bike day and night, learning new tricks and trying to perfect my skills. I was chasing one dream: to be a sponsored rider.
This dream would fade as quickly as my youth. Don’t get me wrong, BMX remained in my life, but more as a hobby.
What never faded in my life was my faith in God. I say this proudly and without shame. I read the Bible daily and I pray daily. However, I am not perfect and will never claim to be perfect. What I can tell you is that I always let the Lord lead, and I follow.
For some, this can be a scary thing. Why? Because you never know what path you will go down. It’s important to remember one thing: You have to have faith. I have had many highs and lows in my life, but through each of those trials and tests, God has never let me down. He’s never failed me.
One way I can testify to this is with my organization, Flatmonkey BMX. I had plans to ride flatland the rest of my life as a hobby; God had other plans for me. Ten years ago, while riding in a parking lot for fun, I got the opportunity to tour with some large names in Christian entertainment. I was to be the volunteer opener for them. I found true salvation during that trip. I recommitted my life to the Lord and a new journey for my life began.
When I arrived back home to Texas, I started working on Flatmonkey BMX — a faith-based flatland BMX stunt show for kids and teens. Over the past 10 years, this has allowed me to travel the United States and meet many great people, artists and churches, and I’ve been able to work with many sponsors.
My mother always raised me to know that no matter what we do in our lives, we can never outgive the Lord. Proverbs 30:8-9 states, “Don’t make me either rich or poor; just give me what I need for each day. For if I have too much, I might reject You. If I am poor, I might steal and disgrace the name of God.”
By honoring God’s grace and blessings, He has allowed me to entertain and outreach to more than 300,000 people over the course of a decade. My life and BMX career is growing, but more importantly, God continues to guide me. I see His perfection and work in others. I see the blessing He provides for so many when they choose to follow and allow Him to lead.
— Chris Ridener, BMX stunt rider
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