L.O.V.E.

I really like this use of the letters of love to give us some pointers.

L – listen attentively
O – overlook offences
V – value one another
E – express your love.

Prayer

Dear God, help me to be truly loving today. Help me to listen to others, overlook offences, truly value others and be free in expressing my love today. Amen

32 years ago today

I became a Christian 32 years ago today. I remember the day as I was reading a tract and prayed a prayer to accept Christ. I knew it was a significant day, so I wrote the day and the time down on the tract. 21st of July 1989 at 7.10pm.

I can’t tell you how much my life has changed since that day. There would be enough blog posts in all the world to write about it, to loosely borrow John 21:25!

One thing I can say is before Christ I have no hope, no purpose and no real direction for my life. That all change when I accepted Jesus as my Lord and Saviour. I have a new hope, purpose and direction.

Every year I celebrate this born again birthday. It is more significant to me than my natural birthday. I may have been on this earth for 54 years, but I know the day I really came alive was 32 years ago today!

Cycling with God on my mind

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One of my hobbies is cycling. I have done it for almost 30 years now. I originally started it because I had Rheumatoid Arthritis in my knees, feet and ankles. I saw it as a way to strengthen my legs and get fit at the same time. Prior to getting RA I was a runner.

When I was younger it was normal for me to ride 40-60 kilometres per day. I would aim to 200-300 kilometres a week from Monday to Saturday and have Sunday off for rest and church. My goal was to average 30 kph pace for my rides.

These days I usually ride for time. Mostly I ride for 20-40 minutes and it is at a much slower pace than in used to be. Now in my mid 50s I am happy to cruise along at 15-20 kph. Funny how we mellow as we age!

Now I have three bikes that I rotate depending on how I am going and what time of the year it is. I have a racing bike for times when I want to go faster, a mountain bike for when I want to ride the trails, and a single speed city bike that I use as transport.

Depending on what gym sessions I am doing at the time I ride from 2-3 times a week. If I am doing three gym sessions a week I alternate gym and cycling 3 days each. If I am doing a 4 day split, I only ride 2 times a week.

Cycling for me is much more than fitness these days. It gets me out in to God’s creation and I often find myself praying and reflecting as I ride. I get fit physically and spiritually as I ride. It is nothing for me to ride off on a trail in town and pause to look at God’s creation or just sit and pray for a while.

I am hoping cycling is something I can do in to my old age. I would be great to still be riding well in to my 80s or 90s.