Solo endurance racing is rewarding, frustrating, and lonely all at the same time. You might be saying: "Why in the world would you want to do endurance racing if it's frustrating and lonely?" Good question! Let me explain.
I recently went on a short recon day trip of the Trans North Georgia route (this is the route I will be racing in August) and I was quickly reminded of the rewards, frustrations, and loneliness of endurance racing. At one point in the ride I was zoning out, looking at the amazing scenery around me and then in a split second my bliss turned to fear as I felt the scenery getting closer and closer to me (loneliness). Instantly I thought: if a furry creature was stalking me this would be the spot it would attack, and then 10 minutes later, as I talked myself off the ledge of being attacked I realized that my GPS was showing that I needed to take a right but the road physically didn't exist. I spent 10 more minutes debating on how I was going to get to the next road if this road didn't exist but showed it did on my GPS (frustrating). Luckily, I found the next road, the scenery gave me more personal space, and the furry creature didn't attack (rewarding).
The journey of discovering God's plan for our lives and carrying out His plan for our lives is similar to solo endurance racing. It's rewarding, frustrating, and lonely. Our Christian worldview says that God created all of us in his image and likeness. Some of us are carrying out his image and likeness and some are still discovering it.
I want to share 4 steps of application (from the book: Biblical Basis of Christian Counseling for People Helpers written by: Gary Collins) to help us navigate the rewards, frustrations and loneliness of discovering and carrying out His glory:
Step 1: Knowing. To apply what the Bible says, we have to know what the Bible says. We all need thorough Bible knowledge. Study the scripture and understand what it's truly telling us. It's up to each of us to clearly interpret the Bible.
Step 2: Relating. 2 Timothy 3:16 "All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting, and training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work." As we study the Bible we will find answers, guidelines for relating to God and to others, for dealing with the Devil, for bringing change with ourselves, and for refining the worldview on which we build our lives.
Step 3: Meditate. Let's admit it. We're all busy. One thing is certain, however: We all need to stop regularly, to pull away from the activity of our busy lives, to think, to read, and to meditate on the Word of God.
Step 4: Practice. Ever heard the phrase: "practice makes perfect."? God gives us a formula for success in Joshua 1:7-8. “Be strong and very courageous. Be careful to obey all the law my servant Moses gave you; do not turn from it to the right or to the left, that you may be successful wherever you go. Keep this Book of the Law always on your lips; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful."
Notice in Joshua 1:7-8 the emphasis on both meditating and taking action. It does little good to read the Bible if we don't obey and put what we read into practice.
Take some time this week to read and meditate on His Word. Really dive into the scripture and seek to understand it's true meaning. Don't just read it to add a check mark to your "To Do" list. If you're unsure of the scripture or are having a hard time finding time to read and meditate heed this phrase: "When in doubt, pray it out."
Thanks and God Bless!