Safe Biking

I have a little rearview mirror on the handlebar of my bike so I can see when cars are coming behind me. Sometimes I find myself peering into that narrow reflection more than the wide road ahead. I’m either looking for what’s back there or I’m gazing at myself. Either one is dangerous! If I’m looking in the wrong direction, how will I know where to go and, more importantly, how will I avoid hazardous obstacles?

I’ve written about this topic before; I must be directionally challenged! Unfortunately, I’ve had lots of experience with aiming toward the wrong thing. I’ve stared directly into the mirror of my personal vanity, ego, and pride. Other times, career moves or relational dreams have had my full focus. Regardless of which idol steals my eyes from the Prize, trouble looms.  

Instead, I want to be like David, with my eyes continually on the Lord.

My eyes are continually toward the Lord, For He will pluck my feet out of the net. (Psalm 25:15)

Here is my five-step plan for keeping the right focus:

  1. Receive the Holy Spirit’s conviction for wandering from Christ.
  2. Repent of the obstacle blocking my view of Christ.
  3. Replace the obstacle with more of Christ.
  4. Remind myself that my efforts are only successful due to my union with Christ.
  5. Repeat this over and over until I am with Christ.

How determined are you to cease gazing on lesser loves? Visual victory can be ours through Christ. Here’s to safe biking!

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