71“The need for a real brotherhood among riders has never been higher. Men may go crazy one by one, but the road back to salvation can only be found in a community.” Belgium Kneewarmers blog
Entire teams leave races sometimes when one rider tests positive for doping. Imagine the heartbreak of hard work thwarted and dreams unrealized because of another’s misdeeds. Love motivation – pondered as individual drive – must become our distinction now in the context of team and community. Doping is selfish. It helps one rider’s performance (at great eventual cost) yet steals others’ chances. Doping messes with Destiny, and Destiny has a long future.
Yet doping isn’t our only evil, there are many ways we harm others. Today’s point isn’t a diatribe on anti-doping; it’s a persuasion for us to become a spiritual peloton. An athlete who doesn’t use drugs shows faith in goodness even if great results elude. Faith is shown by what we do, and what we do shows our faith. A doper doesn’t really believe in his own abilities or in a work ethic for success. A doper doesn’t keep his body pure. A doper erodes the resources of the community. A doper’s greed becomes the core drive. None of this exhibits the 72fruits of the Spirit: love, joy, peace toward God; patience, kindness, goodness toward others; or faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control practiced toward oneself.
We are to be a sanctified group. Sanctification is a spiritual concept that the body is to be kept pure and separate from unholy use. A sanctified body is a dedicated body presented as a living sacrifice. Cycling rewards self-sacrifice. A Spirited community is transformed from its natural realm to higher purposes and performances beyond what our own natures are able to express. Potential in cycling is beyond what we can imagine if we embrace a spiritual life and invite God’s power into the peloton.
Prayer for Sanctification
“Jesus said, ‘By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.’” 73John 13:31, 35
We confess it’s difficult to love one another in a competitive environment where we must fight for wins as well as resources. We ask to be set apart from other athletics and activities by our love for one another and for honoring God, others, and our bodies.
Ponder Do I think of my cycling as holy? Affirm I am set apart to serve in cycling. Watch God reward us for right motives and holy acts.
71“Coercion” posted on Belgium Kneewarmers blog 2/22/2008 www.blogger.com
72Fruits of the Spirit in Galatians 5:22-23
73The Bible, New International Version, Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984 by International Bible Society. NIV calls this section “Shining As Stars.”