Friday, December 30, 2011

A Time to Plan

Here we are, about to welcome in another year. Christmas in our home this year was quiet and reflective. Although we were faced with some sadness this past summer, when we had to say good-bye to Linda's Mom, Lois Shutler, it was a blessing to be with her as she passed. Linda and I read some Scripture to her that evening. A little while later, as Linda and I sang to her, Jesus welcomed her into his arms. She now knows an eternal joy that we can only imagine. Praise God!

My job at Wheel & Sprocket Bike Shop is truly the best job I have ever had. Even though I have some catching up to do after having been out of the industry for nearly 20 years, I look at this opportunity as a second chance to re-enter a world that I fell in love with many years ago, that of bicycling. And even though my training plans didn't pan out exactly as I had hoped, I think I've matured enough to know that one must be flexible with plans, and put my complete trust in the Lord. And I am convinced that I have a solid foundation of fitness that will help me enter the new year ready for the next phase. Funny thing is, I think I'm in better shape than I've ever been for this time of year, both physically and spiritually...yes, even better shape than I was 25 years ago when I was in my prime and training 10,000 miles a year.

Over the next few months I will be preparing a new "steed" for my coral, a BMC Team Machine, the very same bike that lead Aussie Cadel Evans to a victory in the 2010 Tour de France. Route planning is another priority, in addition to collaborating with a charity for the record attempt.

One thing I really need to mention is that there is one extra special person in my life that is making this all possible, my wife. She continues to be my biggest encourager and supporter. She is the most selfless person I have ever known. I certainly hope that many people will be praying that the Lord to give me strength to carry out this record attempt, for there is truly power in corporate prayer. But if I may have only one prayer request, it would be that you pray that our heavenly Father shower my wife with blessings beyond her imagination.
Now I just want to thank everyone who has offered me encouraging words and emails this past year. There have been many times when your kind words have been the fire that has kept the pedals turning for another day. In closing, there is a Bible verse that I'd like to offer you, to remember whenever you might feel discouraged in your own journey. God bless, and may this next year bring us all closer to our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.
Hebrews 12:1
"Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us"

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