After months of planning a trip to Yellowstone National Park with my dad and nephew, the government shut down of 2013 forced us to postpone our trip for one year. I never imagined my health would fail. Not one to let anything, including myasthenia gravis slow me down, I accepted my sister’s offer to join the adventure. My family was understandably worried. My disease was not stable and our itinerary would take us to remote areas with limited access to medical care.
I went anyway.
John 10:10, “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.” KJV
LIVE UNTIL YOU DIE
My grandfather lived to be ninety-one years old. I can still see his crooked smile and eyes twinkling behind his coke-bottle glasses. Every day of his life, until two weeks before he stepped into Heaven, he walked downstairs to the basement and slowly put one foot in front of the other on the worn belt of his treadmill. Whenever we visited, he sat in “his chair” and slung one leg over the armrest. His motto was, ”
I’m going to live until I die.
Philippians 1:21, “For me to live is Christ and to die is gain.” KJV
It’s possible to quit living before you die. Yeah, no one has ever accused me of that. I like the feel of wind in my hair and adrenaline in my veins. I guess that’s why I miss my bicycle so much. The green machine and I have spent countless hours together. She’s taken me to the top of Petit Jean Mountain and through undulating hills in the country. We’ve flown dangerously fast down the twists and turns of Mill Creek Road. My family was a little worried about that too. I miss pedaling, but it wasn’t safe.
Joshua 10:25, “Joshua said to them, Do not be afraid or discouraged. Be strong and courageous, for the Lord will do this to all the enemies you fight.” HCSB
WRITING NOT RIDING
Physically, it might be safer, but emotionally it’s not. I bare my soul to the world, sometimes without touching the brakes. In retrospect, I was writing while I was riding. Pedaling thirty or forty miles provided time to contemplate life, only my thoughts never made it to the page, until now. A part of me still cringes whenever I hit PUBLISH. If you are encouraged when you read, then it’s worth the risk. So thanks.
He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep to gain what he cannot lose. Jim Elliot
LIVE LIKE IT MATTERS
Truly, you never know what tomorrow brings. My life is a perfect example. I hope you have courage and have the guts to chase your dreams. Do something outside your comfort zone. I am not advocating reckless behavior, but don’t play it so safe you miss the joys of life. God calls us to do outrageous things, things that matter for eternity. Life is an adventure, don’t wait. Reach out, forgive, be bold. Don’t miss the thrill.
Enjoy the ride…
James 4:14, “You don’t even know what tomorrow will bring-what your life will be! For you are like smoke that appears for a little while, then vanishes.” HCSB
What should you be doing? Step out in faith and do it.
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