But “Life got in the way.” I am working like crazy trying to tie up loose ends and soaking up quality time with those around me. Plus, I refrained from using the internet too much while in Florida. I leave “next” week. Ah! To top it all off, I have all these great blog ideas rolling around in my head and I’m reading an awesome book that brings even more (Soul Cravings by Erwin McManus). So….maybe tonight?
When I start a sport, I want to be part of “the club.” People in the club not only look the part, but really know what they’re doing from equipment to training to clothing. Part of being in “the club” consists of working hard and striving to be the best at the sport. This drives me on like none other. I want to bike fast, swim fast, swing well, and put in the hours to do so. Now with many sports multiple clubs form to accommodate the different levels. For example, in biking one finds the recreational bikers, the commuters, the cyclists, the triathletes, ect. (FYI: I made up these “titles” on the fly). Each “club” has different expectations, a different look, and a different purpose. Since I’m a crazed sports addict, I usually prefer the competitive, hardcore, intense “club.” I want to jump right into all the aspects of the hardcore, intense “club” in whatever sport I’m participating. Hence why I invested in a sweet awesome bike (I rode it tonight and am still in love…maybe it needs a name? suggestions?). I also doled out the cash for sweet awesome dorky bike shorts and a jersey that matches my bike. All of this to say that I felt like part of “the club” tonight. While I was biking along praising the Lord for the gorgeous night and the ways He’s worked in my life recently, the other “hardcore” intense bikers with their padded shorts nodded and gave me the knowing look–the look that says, “Sweet. You’re a cyclist too.” I ate it up. The camaraderie and encouragement that comes from these moments empowers me to pedal harder, go farther and find more joy as well as continue to excel at the sport and learn more so that I can become an expert. In the same way, when I interact and see other Christians, I am propelled to crack open my Bible, dive into prayer, and fight the good fight. I heard a testimony tonight that gave me renewed encouragement and drive to live every aspect of my life with passion for God including the times spent on the road while wearing the awesome dorky bike pants.
I had no plans for tonight. If anything, I thought I would have a quiet night. Instead, I ended up packing up my bike, staying on hold FOREVER for Comcast, meeting some nice bike shop people, going to Target for a few things, running into my brother at Target, going to get a router and chatting with Amy’s roommates, dropping off my jacket for Amy, checking out the Coffeehouse, running into Britt who brought me to Tiffany, staying at the Coffeehouse to listen to Titus (*sigh*), texting Dohlen, chatting with Dohlen, saying good-night, chatting with Titus, buying his cd, and driving home happy. Who knew!? Right when I’m expecting a simple, quiet night, I get thrown all these opportunities and “circumstances” to chat with other people. I also was humbled and treated graciously by the bike people–yay for nice bike people that didn’t charge me! I’m going there again! Plus, there was a cute boy 😉 I loved all of the other conversations I had tonight as well. I really enjoy asking lots of questions and hearing what’s been happening so the night of catch-up was great! In other news, tomorrow, I get internet finally! I also get to eat lunch out for free. Sounds like a good day. Maybe I’ll update with some “deeper” thoughts than a running list of events that I said I would keep away from in my “About Me” page. Such is life. Maybe I’ll update that…
p.s. he got cute again!