Sunday, May 16, 2010


When it comes to motorcycles, we do not all like the
same thing. You are glad of that. Right? Otherwise
everyone would want one like yours.

Years ago I bought an old Honda Goldwing with the
intended purpose of stripping it down. The reasons at
this point are not important. I call it my Hebrews 12:1

It started off looking like the motorcycle below. Many
people just love it that way. But to my self it looks too
much like a moving van coming down the road.

It was stripped down in stages. About the first week end I had it, I took of the barn door in front. Both linen closets on the sides. And the kitchen sink off the back.

That was a loss of 71 lbs the first week end. It went into the next stage as my work bike for many years.

But that still was not were I wanted it. Being retired now and not needing it for work every day it could be stripped further. The Lord helped my get it to the point of the picture below. It's almost were I want it. Some more
to go, or you could say it is still under

Why is it my Hebrews 12:1 motorcycle?
"Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud
of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin
which clings so closely, and let us run with perseverance
the race that is set before us, "
-Hebrews 12:1 RSV

I want all "the dead weight" off the motorcycle. The less weight, the faster. Or if you prefer, less dead weight burns less gas.

Now you may never get your motorcycle into a race.
But if you are a Christian you are in a race. AND, the Lord wants us to remove all the dead weight from
our lives. For us dead weight comes in many forms.

In our day the Lord's comment comes as a real warning.
"but the cares of the world, and the delight in riches,
and the desire for other things, enter in and choke
the word, and it proves unfruitful."
-Mark 4:19 RSV

Cares, riches, desires all can become weight that
holds us back, presses us down and makes us lose
the race.

Like the motorcycle above. We will always be under
construction in this life. The Lord is shaping us up
for himself. But if we are serious about living for
Christ, it is up to us to remove the dead weight
from our lives.