Recently, I ran across a Twitter post by a motorcyclist reminding fellow bikers to always stop when they see one of their own broken down on the side of the road.
The comment got me to thinking about things that I have learned riding my Harley-Davidson Road King along the highways and byways of our state.
As I consider the believer’s calling and mission to further the cause of Jesus Christ and make Him known, there are some parallels that can be drawn.
(1) Stay alert. It is imperative for Christians, much like bikers, to stay alert and focused – to not do so can result in severe injury or even death.
(2) Refer to the road map. The road map for Christians is clear and found in the Bible. It is important to refer to the road map often, or like the biker, risk getting off course and becoming disoriented.
(3) Read the signs. Signs along the roadway are important to bikers. Signs alert motorcyclists to things like uneven surfaces and dangerous intersections, but it is important to keep watch for obstacles that have no warning, such as road debris and other dangerous hazards.
(4) Share the road. Hogging the road and having a sense of entitlement to the right of way is something bikers must not do and can even be foolish. As Christians, we know the Truth, but we should share it with love and respect – allowing God to be the judge.
(5) Anticipate the unexpected. The old adage is so true: “If it can happen, it probably will.” Bikers must ride defensively, always on their guard for motorists around them. Christians must do likewise, expecting and anticipating that the storms of life will come and that one’s faith will be challenged.
(6) Enjoy the journey. For bikers, it is “all about the ride” and the “fun of getting there.” For Christians, we are only on this piece of dirt called Earth for a short period of time. Rather than live our lives disengaged and disconnected, avoiding sharing our faith and doing the work of our heavenly Father, we should work hard at embracing our calling and enjoy the journey of being a light amid darkness and aliens in a foreign land!
Tim Yarbrough is editor/executive director of the Arkansas Baptist News.