Cycling & Facing Mortality
Streets of Gold
55“There are no headwinds in heaven my friend. We’ll ride together again someday on the streets of gold.” Mike Munk, Ride Leader, Dedication to cycling mentor Jim Loyd (1937-1998)
What is the best way to face our mortality – aging and also death? Cycling can be dangerous and death as a result of it is a possibility. The grim reaper coming to slash our tires with cruel sickle is a fearsome specter whom every one eventually meets. Even the young have trepidation on bikes. It shouldn’t be about maintaining a façade of youth but living courageously. Working out your perspective on death can help conquer fear and lead to purposeful, prosperous living and racing.
Everyone has to struggle to find their raison d’être and place in life, as well as to satisfy needs for acceptance, happiness, success and feeling loved. There are no easy lives but there are lives at ease regardless.
Asking the big questions, going deeper and pondering one’s philosophy is the responsibility of every soul. When physical limits or death touch us, this duty is forced to the front. The cycling community deals with such limits on a regular basis. Although we are often accused of escapism into an alternative reality of riding lifestyles, perhaps we are facing the ultimate reality best by deciding to challenge our limits. Our cycling results quickly tell us where we stand on the day. We’ve worked out that suffering and success sometimes exchange roles and that without sacrifice there is no reward. This makes cycling a natural framework for spirituality or the opportunity to probe the spiritual aspects of living in a physical world.
Now the questions become where do I stand with God and what sacrifices are made for an eternal result? Who do I need to forgive or ask forgiveness of today? Who do I influence and what lasting value can I leave as a legacy? These answers determine your call-up rank on those streets of gold, as well as your peaceful parcours right here, right now.
Prayer for Facing Mortality
“No man has power over the wind to contain it; so no one has power over the day of his death.” Ecclesiastes 8:8
“I am convinced that neither death nor life…separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Romans 8:38-39
“…and to know the love of Christ which surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled up to all the fullness of God. Now to Him who is able to do far more abundantly beyond all that we ask or think…be glory forever and ever. Amen.” 56Ephesians 3:19-21
We are thankful that contentment can be ours in any category during any crisis. We confess anything standing in the way of clear conscience before God…We pray for cycling to bring out our best spiritually even through its disciplines, hardships, and challenges.
Ponder How would I live if I were ready to die? Affirm I make a difference with my life. Watch faith cast fear aside because the death of body does not mean eternal end of soul or spirit or love; we cast fear aside, and live abundantly right here, right now to the fullest.
55“Cycle America ’96: My First Attempt at Cross Country Rides,” by Mike Munk. The motto on this website is, “You don’t quit playing when you get old…you get old when you quit playing.” www.bamacyclist.com
56The Bible, New International Version, Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984 by International Bible Society
New American Standard Bible, Copyright © 1960, 1962, 1963, 1968, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1975, 1977, 1995 by The Lockman Foundation