Cycling’s Goodness: Sheep in Wolves’ Clothing
12“Cycling is a tremendous sports discipline that needs unity, purity and honesty. All initiatives that contribute to these values will be supported by the cycling team.” Omega Pharma, Cycling Sponsor
A basic holiness permeates your riding life: cycling is good. If actively committed to cycling, you’ve been sanctified. Cleaned up and set apart is the basic meaning of sanctification, a word which implies useful service. We who ride are not afraid of service: hard work with others in mind – others for whom we work as a team, others whose market share is increased or who benefit from our health, lifestyle or entertainment.
We are meant to be clear beacons: lights on hilltops – symbols of purposeful life and healthy living. Light attracts – it guides and warms. Your greatest cycling accomplishment is in aiding someone else. This may be a behind-the-scenes role with little public adoration or even gratitude from the one whose destiny it is to be glorified because of your quiet sacrifices. It may also mean a very public image that is purposefully pure. This takes a different kind of strength – integrity.
Cultivate a burning desire for honor, to represent cycling in honor, and to save others who are vulnerable. The most sustainable purpose and motivational fuel comes from a reservoir of selflessness, looking to the interests of others. Love IS the most powerful motivator.
The impure leave cycling like whimpering whelps – seat tubes tucked between their legs in disgraced dishonesty. Instead, stay pure. The impure talk smack, spread rumor, put down competitors – instead, teach by honest actions. The impure have an excessively high opinion of themselves – instead, build up those around you. By this means you will profit and also profit others. We are fierce like wolves in the pack, but we need both the fangs of the wolf and the fleece of the sheep to be complete cyclists.
Prayer for Purity, Goodness
“Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hid. Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel…it giveth light unto all that are in the house.” 13Matthew 5:14-15
We are glad for competitive rivalry which can bring out the best in us and others. We recognize that goodness, purity and honesty are the highest ideals. We ask for strength to adhere to moral principles.
Ponder Like a mirror dimmed by grime, have I diminished my ability to reflect glory? Affirm I am honorable in truth, purity, and community. Watch your sphere of influence grow in parallel with an integrity demonstrated clearly and consistently.
sup>12“Omega Pharma extends with Lotto team,” by Susan Westemeyer. First Edition Cycling News, December 15, 2007 Edited by Sue George www.cyclingnews.com Omega Pharma makes anti-snoring devices and sponsors the professional cycling team, Predictor-Lotto or Silence-Lotto.<
13Holy Bible, King James Version public domain