Yesterday I visited a bike shop in Damascus, VA to see if I could get my primary bike fixed. As it turns out, they have a master mechanic who said he would stay as long as it would take to get the bike it top working order. For only $35.00 I had a brand new bike. Today’s ride was not only short but loads of fun even with very tired legs because my bike fits me perfectly and handles like a dream.
This incident reminded me of the importance of tools. Often the only thing standing between me and a job well done is the right tool. When it comes to tools, it usually pays to get the best tool for the job. On this ride, my bike is a tool I am using to get across the country to raise awareness about the need for diapers and our collective need to love, serve, and mentor one another. What a difference the best tool possible (my primary bike) makes on this trip. This is also true in our everyday lives. If you are going to respond to God’s call in your life, make sure you have the right tools to accomplish it. In my experience, He will equip you to use those tools. But you have to take the time to get the tools.
Here are some tools I find every follower of Jesus needs: 1) Listening skills. Do you really know how to actively listen? 2) Personal testimony. Can you tell your story of how God has equipped you? 3) Be a mentor. Do you know how to journey with another person? 4) Forgiveness. Do you know the real meaning of forgiveness and how to help another person forgive? 5) Lead a person to Jesus. Do you know how to help someone accept Jesus as their personal Savior? 6) Bible study. Do you know how to study the Bible? Do you know how to study the Bible with someone in a way that is relevant to the questions they are asking in life?
You may have a different list of tools that are necessary to journey through life. I would love to know what tools you use to follow God’s calling.
Ride Stats: Total Miles- 45.7 Elevation Gain- 2,963 ft Avg Speed- 11.1 mph Avg HR- 105