Busy With Life
Let us be so busy living, there's little time for dying,
too busy serving others to have an identity crisis,
too busy peace-making to stay angry with an enemy,
too busy loving to dwell on our self-pity,
too busy reconciling to find energy for a break-up,
and too busy walking to worry if we'll trip up.
When good days seem out-numbered by all the days we've cried,
Let us claim the victory, giving thanks that we're alive!
Pastor James Dollins
Bicycling with God
At first I saw God as my observer, my judge,
keeping track of the things I did wrong so as to know
whether I merited heaven or hell when I die. God
was out there sort of like a governor. I recognized God’s picture when I saw
it, but I did not really know God.
But later on, when I met God,?it seemed as
though life was rather like a bicycle ride,
but it was a tandem bike and I noticed that God
was in the back helping me pedal.
I don’t know just when it was that God suggested
we trade places, but life has not been the same since. God makes life exciting.
When I had control, I knew the way.?It was
rather boring and predictable.?It was the shortest distance between two
points.?But when God took the lead, he knew delightful long cuts,?up mountains
and through rocky places, and at breakneck speeds. It was all I could do to
hold on!?Even though it looked like madness, God said, “Pedal.”?I was worried
and anxious and asked, “Where are you taking me?” God laughed and didn’t answer
and I started to learn to trust.
I forgot my boring life and entered into the
adventure. And when I’d say, “I’m scared,”
God would lean back and touch my hand.?He took
me to people with gifts that I needed,?gifts of healing, acceptance and
joy.?They gave me their gifts to take on my journey,?Our journey, rather, God’s
and mine.?And we were off again. God said, “Give the gifts away. They’re extra
baggage, too much weight.?So I did, to the people we met, and I found in giving
I received, and still our burden was light.
I did not trust God at first, in control of my
life. I thought he would wreck it.
But God knows biking secrets, knows how to make
the bike bend to take sharp corners, jump to clear high rocks,
and fly to shorten scary passages.
And I am learning to be quiet and pedal in the
strangest places,?and I’m beginning to enjoy the view, and the cool breeze in
my face with
my delightful, constant companion, God. And when
I’m sure I just can’t do it anymore,
God just smiles and says, “Pedal.”
Where to turn in the Bible when . . .
You need to feel God's love:
You feel lonely:
- Isaiah 54:10
- Jeremiah 31:3
- Ephesians 3:18
- 1 John 4:16
- Romans 8:35-39
You wonder how to pray:
- Psalm 145:18
- Hebrews 13:5
- Ecclesiastes 4:10-11
- Psalm 68:6
- 1 Kings 19:14-18
- Matthew 6:6
- John 16:23-24
- Luke 18:9-14
- Ephesians 6:18
- James 4:3
- Mark 11:25