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A recent issue of an unnamed mountain biking magazine recently made it into my hot little hands. This issue, like every other issue before this one, and most certainly like every forthcoming copy, touts the latest and greatest. The news models, the lightest new carbon rims, the latest trends and standards in the sport. What is Boost anyways? 27.5+?  Dropper seatpost?


It sure is fun to scope out the ‘next bike’. We’ve heard the question, “Dude, how many bikes do you need?”. The answer is always: “Just one….just one MORE!”. 


Hear me out. I love new bike bling as much as the next guy, and often set aside my hard earned pesos for a hardware upgrade. But as I leafed through and read about all the stuff I am supposed to want, I felt just a bit convicted. Is pining for the latest bike in line with what Scripture tells me?


Paul spoke about contentment in the midst of much more dramatic situations that any of us will ever know:  


I Timothy 6:6-8 says, “But godliness with contentment is great gain, for we brought nothing into this world, and cannot take anything out of the world. But if we have food and clothing, with these will be contentment.”


As I look at my garage full of bikes, albeit bikes with some amazing miles on them, I ought to take stock in all I have to be thankful for: 


I’m healthy enough to ride a bike. That’s huge!


I’ve got bikes that cost more than the houses that a large percentage of the world’s population live in.


I have all that I need and then some.


My challenge to you this week is to thank God for the bike you’ve got, appreciate it, and ride it hard! Put the bike lust magazine down, and spend some time in the Word or on the trail.


Thanks and God Bless!


Matthew Allen


*Disclaimer: this is not Matt's garage!



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