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Lessons Learned on Bicycle-tour

Yesterday (7/15/2015) I made it back home after a four day, three night, two-hundred mile bicycle tour. The kind of bicycle touring I do involves carrying all my gear, e.g. camping gear (tent, sleeping bag, cooking gear, and food), and all my clothes for three days of riding and camping. All this gear adds forty pounds of weight to my bike.

I've been doing these types of tours for the past four years and every year I learn something new. One of the lessons I learned this year can be applied also to our spiritual lives--worry less. The weather report called for thunder storms. I worried about what to do if I got caught in a thunder storm. At about mile 65 my bike began making a horrendous grinding sound. I worried about what to do if my bike broke down in the middle of nowhere. Bears were reported being sighted in the campground. I worried about what to do if a bear came into my camp site. The first two days, worry about these potential problems robbed me of joy and kept me awake at night.

On a delightful ride on day three, I was praising God and talking to the Lord and realized that all my worry was wrong and unnecessary. Most of the things we worry about never happen. I only got caught in one bad thunder storm and waited it out at a diner where they gave me a free cup of coffee and had a good conversation with one of the local men. The grinding sound in my bike went away after I put some oil on the chain, and all I had to contend with were some raccoons---no bears. I learned that even if something does happen, you deal with it when it happens. Worrying about something beforehand solves nothing. As Jesus says: Do not worry, saying, 'What shall we eat?' or 'What shall we drink?' or 'What shall we wear?' For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own. (Matthew 6:31-34).1

So I pass on to you what I learned. Worry less and enjoy life more.

Pastor Steve Lorenz

July 16th, 2015


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1Matthew 6:31-34 THE HOLY BIBLE, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION®, NIV® Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 by Biblica, Inc.® Used by permission. All rights reserved worldwide. All other references to the Bible are from the NIV.

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