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Friday, Dec 13 at 6:15 am
Chancel Choir Rehearsal for Musical
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Chancel Choir Musical
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Prayer Shawl Ministry
Tuesday, Dec 17 at 11:30 am
Things I’ve Learned While Riding my Bicycle
About sixteen months ago my family gave me a bicycle as a Father’s Day gift. It was the first new bike I’d had in years. Little by little I began to ride for exercise (mostly on the People Trail) and I discovered that this was a fitness routine I really enjoyed. So much, in fact, that about four months ago I replaced that bike with another nicer, faster, more serious bike and, with it, ramped up my fitness routine. So here are some things I’ve learned while riding my bike:
God created us in a holistic manner: I began this new pursuit for physical exercise but soon discovered its impact on both my mental and spiritual wellness. There’s nothing like a bike ride to clear the stress of a day or reset your mental outlook. In addition, as I found routes in and around Columbus, I began to pray for the FBC folk who lived in the neighborhoods nearby, as well as for the community we call home. Combining the spiritual discipline of prayer with the physical exercise of a ride has become a frequent way in which I pass the miles.
You’re never too old to grow: My new interest has become known as Dad’s mid-life crisis at home (hey, a bike is cheaper than a sports car!). When I determined I was serious enough about this to get the right equipment and gear, then showed up sporting my new duds (bright jersey & new bike shorts) before the family, Lori’s reply was: “I never thought I’d see you where something like that!” My response?: “Neither did I.” But you are never too old to grow.
God has designed us for growth. I believe that means spiritually, but I also think we can be stretched and pulled into new patterns, behaviors, and ways of thinking. Where and how are you growing?
Cycling like faith is a discipline that requires a long obedience in the same direction:
Do you know how you conquer a 30 or 40 mile bike ride? One pedal at a time. Isn’t that true of so much of life? It’s Eugene Peterson that I credit with introducing me to the phrase “a long obedience in the same direction”. It’s a reminder that our spiritual formation and expression require commitment for the long haul.
Do you know how you overcome grief, loss of ability, financial or relationship setbacks? One day at a time with the Lord at your side. Perseverance is a spiritual virtue.
It’s good to have a goal: I start out each ride with a distance and time goal in mind. Without goals we don’t stretch ourselves. Through goals we achieve more than we thought we could. What are your current life goals?
Challenges will come: Riding into a strong headwind isn’t too much fun, but it makes for a challenging work out! Hills make you stronger. Accidents will happen (I speak from experience) and we can learn from them. I’m a more cautious and alert rider now as a result of mine.
This November marks our 6th Anniversary as pastor and people. These six years have gone by quickly for me. I don’t know how long the ride will last, but I do know that at the six mile mark you are just getting warmed up and breaking into a nice sweat and rhythm for a much longer and rewarding ride. Let’s hope this is the case not only in cycling but in our partnership too.
And remember, be nice and courteous to cyclist when you see and pass them on the road. Who knows, one just might be your pastor.
Grateful for our partnership in ministry - Pastor Dan