Few things last forever (see devotional for those). We have wrapped up the scheduled rides for the season. We managed to get a nice season of riding in during this most unusual of years, would have never thought we would have a season without post-ride hot dogs. Thankful for what we could do this year, including a recent trip to ride together in Arkansas (pictured), that generated enough stories for years to come.
What are those things you can’t ride without - that if you forgot, the entire ride doesn’t feel right? Maybe it is your favorite pair of gloves, or favorite sunglasses, or maybe it is a bell on your bars and as soon as you realize you don’t have it, you need it.
This entire riding season we’ve discussed heart condition. We discussed that the right heart condition requires us to center our lives on Christ Jesus - not on ourselves, on politicians, or other idols. Rather, we center everything we do on Christ and Christ flows out of us. Paul summarized the heart God wants us to have and the heart that God wants to flow out of us onto others. Paul summarized this in 1 Corinthians 13:
“If I could speak all the languages of earth and of angels, but didn’t love others, I would only be a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. If I had the gift of prophecy, and if I understood all of Gods’ secret plans and possessed all knowledge, and if I had such faith that I could move mountains, but didn’t love others, I would be nothing. If I gave everything I have to the poor and even sacrificed my body, I could boast about it, but if I didn’t love others, I would have gained nothing.
Love is patient and kind. Love is not jealous or boastful or proud or rude. It does not demand its own way. It is not irritable, and it keeps no record of being wronged. It does not rejoice about injustice but rejoices whenever the truth wins out. Love never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful, and endures through every circumstance.
Prophecy and speaking in unknown languages, and special knowledge will become useless. But love will last forever.
… Three things will last forever - faith, hope and love - and the greatest of these is love.”
Jesus also said that the greatest commands are Love the father, and love your neighbor. Matthew 22:36-40.
Just like when we forget that item we always ride with and feel off, if we forget love and everything it means we are off. If we forget love, we give into divisiveness. If we forget love, we fail to fight for those that don’t have a voice and let injustices prevail. If we forget love, we boast about our accomplishments, perhaps at the cost to others. If we forget love, we demand our way no matter what - whether that is our political preferences, or otherwise. However, just like we remember everything on our ride and we feel completely dialed in, when we love as God wants us to love, we focus first on Christ, and then we fight for the injustices God wants to fight for, we fight for and love others, we are patient and kind to others and seek to understand others. When we love as God wants us to love, we aren’t a noisy gong or clanging cymbal.
Reflect back on all the devotionals this riding season and this recap and ask - are you reflecting the love of Christ? If not, what is standing in your way and what are you allowing to infiltrate your life to make you nothing but an “off feeling” mountain biker? Throughout the rest of this year, let’s all reflect back and set our heart right starting with centering it on Christ.
Waiver: Mountain biking can result in injury. By attending this ride you acknowledge the risk as stated in the group waiver