Mountain bike riding is always my lesson in humility. I truly enjoy the sport, but it has been one of the most humbling experiences of my life. This past weekend due to the strong winds, and with Coach Tim's permission, I spent my scheduled bike training time on the mountain bike both Saturday and Sunday. I went riding with some good friends in the Palo Duro Canyon State Park. We single file through the vast amount of trails. I always go last for multiple reasons, but mostly to hide my comical attempt to navigate the terrain. Needless to say, my awkwardness on a mountain bike proves that I don't possess any God-given talents in this area. Luckily I've been blessed with quality friends. They are always gracious, encouraging, and patient while waiting on me. They are also amazingly humble, even with their own exceptional talents.
Now, to be completely honest: this experience is also one of the most frustrating for me. No one likes to be the worst of the group at something, especially me. I try to hide my anger at my weakness, but sometimes that is impossible. Coming in last makes me doubt myself. It makes me come up with all sorts of excuses to try to justify the weakness. Should I continue riding with these guys? Am I too old for mountain biking? Is it too risky and irresponsible of me as the provider for my family (I kinda need the full use of my hands for my job) to participate? Nonsense. These are only thoughts and doubts in my mind that are NOT from God. It just means that I must work harder to get better. We as men have an indwelling thirst for adventure that needs to be quenched. Mountain bike riding is great practice for me to try and balance the wild, reckless, and adventurous side of me with the responsible and cautious side.
On Sunday, the importance of humility was reiterated to me by my pastor as he quoted Luke 3:5 "...every mountain and hill was made low." So here is another reason for me to continue on the trails. It will help me find favor with God since "He opposes the proud, but gives grace to the humble." (James 4:6)
So next time pride causes doubt in your life maybe you, like me, are being taught a lesson in humility.
Here is to a great week, thanks for checking in.