Bicycles and the Christian Life
By Beula Postlewait and Moya Peterson
Having watched the Olympic Games for the last two weeks, I am amazed at the fortitude and perseverance of the athletes. It makes most of us want to get up from the couch and start doing something besides watch TV.
My friend, Moya, shared a devotional that I thought would be appropriate for post-Olympic days.
“Most people do not know that I am a biking fan. I have watched the Tour de France in July for many years. My husband and I ride in and out of my Iowa hometown the last weekend of July. When I am on the bike, I try to think of things other than the fact that I cannot breathe and that my legs hurt.
I was thinking that there are a lot of similarities between me and those professional riders on the Tour. They have bikes by name brands and so do I (a Trek if you are interested). I have two wheels, pedals, brakes and gears—just like they do. I have biking shorts; so do they. Finally, I have a helmet, as do they. To the uninformed, maybe I am just like them.
But there are a few differences. Their bikes have a gazillion gears and are extraordinarily lightweight. I have a comfort bike which means I do not have those skinny tires. My bike is heavier, with a big seat—a necessity to accommodate my sitting. My helmet is from Walmart. They have no body fat, and I have more than my share. They are getting ready to pedal in the Pyrenees and the Alps; and it is all I can do to get up the little hill on my street.
I think this biking thing is like a lot of Christians. We have the accoutrements, and we look the part. We go to church, and we have a Bible. We pray, and we tithe. But when the hills—let alone the mountains—come, can we get up them? We may look the part, but do we have the power to get through the tough parts? I enjoy the downhill ride knowing that at some point I will have to go uphill again. I will fall and become injured, but I must keep going.
We wish that our lives (and our rides) were flat and straight and that we only had to go downhill. But the truth is that God never intended for our lives to be like that. Someday, the Lord willing, we will cross the finish line and be joyful in our [gold medal] eternal reward.”
God’s Word tells us that perseverance is important. 2 Peter 1:5-8, NIV says: “For this very reason, make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge; and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, perseverance; and to perseverance, godliness; and to godliness, brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness, love. For if you possess these qualities in increasing measure, they will keep you from being ineffective and unproductive in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.”
Beula Postlewait lives in Leawood, Kansas. She is the Communications Representative on the NEW
Council. You may contact Beula at firstname.lastname@example.org.