We'd like to take this time to introduce you to our latest blogger! Josh Welker has been with us since the beginning. He sits on the board and also heads up FPAM Ohio. Just recently Josh put together a real-world application to our daily walk with the Lord.
It's always amazing to see God appear even in the most unlikely of places. Just like He did for Josh. Recently Josh was watching a "How To" video from GMBN. As Josh was watching this video, he started to see the parallels of mountain biking tips and how this parallels with discipleship.
Here's Josh's write up. We suggest you take a couple of minutes and watch the "How To" video from GMBN that way you can start to see the parallels as you read.
Josh Welker's - Seeing God In Everyday Life
Watching this video and hearing Blake's comments and tips to push your comfort zone out on the trail has me thinking about our comfort zone in our walk with Christ and our call to disciple others. Let's unpack this in a few extra tips to stay within your comfort zone but to venture past it to progress and build up those skills both on and off the trail.
1. YOU MAY THINK YOU'RE NOT GOOD ENOUGH
I heard a great quote from a good friend Casey Heindl who was telling someone who thought they were not good enough to serve in the church. She said, "you're not big enough to mess up what God has planned for you." So true! We read this in Ephesians 2:10
For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.
2. KNOW YOUR EQUIPMENT (YOUR HEART)
If our equipment (our heart) is broken or worn out, we should not be assisting others with theirs. What I mean is, to help others, and mentor or coach them our hearts should be in the right place first.
3. PRACTICE, PRACTICE, AND MORE PRACTICE
Learning to be a faithful disciple takes practice, the people that we are meeting may be in a place where they are not ready to hear what we have to say. What's important is that we don't give up. We keep at it; we stay involved, we let them know that we are there for them, to pray for them at the drop of a hat. Hebrews 12:11
For the moment all discipline seems painful rather than pleasant, but later it yields the peaceful fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it.
4. KNOW THE TRAIL, LOOK AHEAD, UP, AROUND ETC...
Racers tend to "walk the course" with their coach before race day. By doing this, it will give the racer a chance to slow down and get to know every turn, root, rock, and tree. I remember the story of Zacchaeus as a young boy who was seeking to see Jesus. In Luke 19:5 as Jesus was walking through town it says -
And when Jesus came to the place, he looked up and said to him, “Zacchaeus, hurry and come down, for I must stay at your house today.”
You see, Jesus would have never seen Zacchaeus if he was not looking up and he knew his name.
As disciplers (teachers of God's word) we have to take the time to get to know those who we are walking with. Build a relationship first. The 3 L's:
5. SLOW AND STEADY WINS THE RACE
First of all, discipleship is not a race, it's far from it. Just as in this MTB video where Blake is going to fast in sections, he gets off course, he misses a better line, its risky, however when he slowed down, he could see things more clearly. Same goes for our call to be disciples. We have to take the time to methodically go through the word with those that we walk with, Making sure they understand along the way and when to tap the brakes if we are going a little to fast for the conditions.
6. TRUST - CHOOSE A GOOD LINE AND TRUST HIM!
As I said before, choosing a good line is essential, pick the wrong one, and it could be tragically painful. Like the trail, life is full of curves, switchbacks, bumps, and jumps and it's vital that we put complete trust in our creator to get us through those trials. Even when it goes wrong, we should trust that it was God's plan and that he allowed us to go through that for a reason. For us to grow in our walk. Jeff Harper, the lead pastor at our church - EUM Church, just preached on this.
7. MOTIVATION AND ENCOURAGEMENT FROM FRIENDS
This is a big one! We're all at different riding levels in our lives. When we ride together, this allows us to see new lines, look at how other riders hit big drops, and learn the little tricks to maneuver around rocks and roots as we traverse up the mountain. Hebrews 10:24-25 says
And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near.
With these simple tips you'll be shredding both out there on the trail, and in your personal ministry with others. Just keep calm, lean on your mentors in times of need, stay at it and remember to honor Him in all that you're doing. Happy riding!
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