I can do it by myself. NOT!

I can do it by myself. NOT!

 

This map is my path on a mountain bike ride last weekend. For those of you who like this sort of thing, I rode 25.38 miles and climbed 3,656 feet. If you don’t know what that means, it’s simple: I WAS TIRED when I finished.

But, I did finish! 

Here are a few take-a-ways from the experience. 

1-FUN. Yes, I was outside where I love to be and the scenery was spectacular. I love the thrill and challenge of riding and this was a great biking experience.

2-FUEL. I had to drink water and eat something every 45-60 minutes. If you don’t, you cramp up and just have to quit. The right kind of fuel in the tank makes a big difference the longer you go.

3-FRIENDS. To be honest, I wound up riding with one person I know but have never riden with before and 5 others who I’d never met. We quickly realized we were in this together and we cheered each other on. It was a fun group (there’s that FUN thing again).

Here’s what these new friends provided…and see if you can make the connection to our every day lives:

  • Direction. Some of them had been on these trails a lot and knew where to go.
  • Encouragement. We were all stronger at different things, so when someone needed it, the others were there for them to speak strength and courage into each peddle.
  • Celebration. As we finished we high-fived and hugged and fist-bumped our congratulations. I guess it would have been weird to finish and just get in our cars and leave. We stood around and talked about what a great day we had together.

Who do you have in  your life like that? LifeGroups start in one more week. So, grab some friends or make some new ones and start a new journey together! You can sign up this weekend.

Another way to say it is… who’s your Mark?

“Get Mark and bring him with you, because he is helpful to me in my ministry.” (2 Timothy 4:11 NIV)