I love riding a dirt bike.  Unfortunately, it is becoming apparent that my body is no longer able to really ride.  On the rare occasion I throw my leg over a bike and take off, I do little more than putt around like a goon (as evidenced in the photo above).

If a person is going to ride, there is a good chance they will get hurt at some point.  If a person is going to race, there will be some injuries.  I’ve seen some pretty scary ones.

There is some danger in riding.  I think it adds to the thrill of it all.  But I cringe when I see someone riding around wearing blue jeans, tennis shoes, an old t-shirt and no helmet.

Maybe they just don’t want to look cool wearing some of the great gear available, maybe they want to save a few bucks.  But I’ve seen enough guys go flying through the air, out of control, hitting hard and getting up and walking away because they had every piece of gear available on their bodies.

A helmet, goggles, gloves, boots, jersey, riding pants, chest protector and neck brace are the way to go when you are putting yourself at the mercy of a machine.

This has all been clear to me for the longest time.

Yet, I have subjected myself to all sorts of harm by walking out into the world spiritually naked.  It has taken me far too long and far too many injuries to realize that I need to dress for this spiritual war more like a motocross racer and less like Tarzan.

Ephesians 6:13 Therefore, put on every piece of God’s armor so you will be able to resist the enemy in the time of evil. Then after the battle you will still be standing firm. 14 Stand your ground, putting on the belt of truth and the body armor of God’s righteousness. 15 For shoes, put on the peace that comes from the Good News so that you will be fully prepared. 16 In addition to all of these, hold up the shield of faith to stop the fiery arrows of the devil. 17 Put on salvation as your helmet, and take the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.

Just putting all of this on causes me to look at the battle differently, overcoming fear, and standing firm in peace through Christ.

There’s a lot of rhetoric and hate being launched in this world today.  The peace that passes understanding comes not through happy dreams and selfish desire but through standing up and standing firm protected by a God that wraps himself around us.

By wearing this, engaging in all that God is, I am less inclined to feel the need to launch an assault on my own.  I’ve tried that before and all I’ve had to show for it is a beaten and bloodied version of me.  God doesn’t want that for me.

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8 thoughts on “Gear Up

  1. Amen! Trying to get my kids to wear bike helmets was a real battle at my house. Twice my son went mountain biking and totally smashed up his helmet. I kept those battered things on the table for a few years, quite grateful and thinking, that could have been your head, which of course, is not likely to hold up as well. I don’t think I ever really won the “wear your safety gear” war with the kids, but I did begin to see the spiritual implications and realized I better at least learn to put my own armor on.

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    1. I really had to make gearing up fun. My son has a helmet that probably saved his life sitting around somewhere. It is too broken to use anymore but it really demonstrates how important covering your noggin is.

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  2. Mike,
    Great article! I’m completely on board the “gear up” ideology. There is an inherent risk in all we do, whether we put on the helmet or simply go out “naked,” as it were” is well within our realm of control, and is our responsibility to take up the reigns. From where I stand, if we walk through life armorless, our ability to better serve others is left to chance.
    Looking forward to your future posts!
    – D

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