Last week I started out on a great bike ride with a plan.
Miles disappeared behind me as I cranked along, lost in the beauty of a Colorado summer morning. Exuberance got the better of me, and I decided to extend my ride. Everything was perfect until I approached a hill a few miles from home. As I increased pedal speed for the climb I felt my body’s engine room calling for more fuel.
Except—the tank was empty.
Dumb move. I have enough experience to know how long I can ride without additional food. Extending my ride without proper fuel is just like ignoring the “low fuel” light in my car, and the result’s the same. I limped home on an empty tank.
This experience got me thinking about how we fuel our spiritual journey. I wonder if we pay attention to keeping the spiritual gas tank properly filled.
“Come, all you who are thirsty,
come to the waters;
and you who have no money,
come, buy and eat!
Come, buy wine and milk
without money and without cost.
Why spend money on what is not bread,
and your labor on what does not satisfy?
Listen, listen to me, and eat what is good,
and you will delight in the richest of fare.” (Isaiah 55:1-2)
When I ride my bike, suitable food matters. Eating junk food is like “spending money on what is not bread.”
It’s a new week. The journey begins once again. God invites us to spend our money and labor on things that satisfy our souls.
Let’s resolve to live the week by eating and drinking the spiritual stuff that will keep the tank filled.
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Copyright 2008-2013 by Rich Dixon, All Rights Reserved. Used by permission.Rich is an author and speaker. He is the author of:
Relentless Grace: God’s Invitation To Give Hope Another Chance. Visit his web site www.relentlessgrace.com