Friday, July 18, 2008


Okay, kids, I'm on deadline for about four different projects here at the end of the week, so just the main body of the post today. It's from an old speech given by Mike Yaconelli, who was one of the co-founders of a company called Youth Specialties and was one of the founders of the Christian satire magazine, The Door. It's something I need to hear right now.



At first, I saw God as my Observer, my judge, keeping track of the things I did wrong, so as to know whether I merited Heaven or Hell when I die. He was out there sort of like a president. I recognized His picture when I saw it, but I really didn't know Him.

But later on when I met Christ, it seemed as though life were rather like a bike ride, but it was a tandem bike, and I noticed that Christ was in the back helping me pedal. I don't know just when it was that He suggested we change places, but life has not been the same since.

When I had control, I knew the way. It was rather boring, and predictable. It was the shortest distance between two points.

But when He took the lead, well, He knew delightful long cuts, up mountains, and through rocky places at breakneck speeds. It was all I could do to hang on!

Even though it looked like madness, He said, "Pedal!" I worried and was anxious and asked, "Where are You taking me?" He laughed and didn't answer, and I started to learn to trust. I forgot my boring life and entered into the adventure, and when I'd say, "I'm scared," He'd lean back and touch my hand. I gained love, peace, acceptance and joy; gifts to take on my journey, My Lord's and mine. And then we were off again.

He said, "Give the gifts away. They're extra baggage, too much weight." So I did, to the people we met, and I found that in giving I received, and still our burden was light.

I did not trust Him, at first, in control of my life. I thought He'd wreck it, but He knows bike secrets, knows how to make it bend to take sharp corners, knows how to jump to clear high rocks, knows how to fly to shorten scary passages.

And I am learning to shut up and pedal in the strangest places, and I'm beginning to enjoy the view and the cool breeze on my face with my delightful constant companion, Jesus Christ.

And when I'm sure I just can't do it anymore, He just smiles and says ... "Pedal."

[with thanks to Mikey's Funnies]


Mike Yaconelli was killed in an automobile accident in the fall of 2003. A sad day for us on earth, but a happy day in Heaven.

Meanwhile, as most of you read this, my kitchen demolishment should be underway. And that's not even one of the projects I mentioned at the top of the post. Anyway, I'll be hard at work the next two days, which include a goofy medical test (read the blog on Sunday for details), so take a little extra relaxing for me this weekend, and I'll see you on Monday.



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