We stayed at our friends, the Burkards, last night near Bend. When we left their house this morning at 7:00 am we pedaled 80 miles to a campground in Idanah. We went over the Santiam pass so we had a lot of steep uphill riding, but then we also got some ripping good downhills as well. Tonight is the last night of the trip, tomorrow we will be home again. I have been eating so much I don’t think I lost any weight on this trip like I usually do. With tomorrow being the Fourth of July the traffic on highway 20 was bumper to bumper, but everyone gave us lots of room as they went around us. I certainly noticed the difference one year in age makes when you get to be 72 years of age. This year was significantly more difficult than last year, and I remember saying the same thing last year. I may save up my pennies and buy a good quality e-bike like Cliff and Kathy have before next year. They are an electric assist bike that has an electric motor in the pedal crank assembly. The amount of electricity from the battery that goes to the motor is determined by how hard you pedal. If you are having an easy time you get no help, but if you are pushing hard on the pedals you get more help. They both like their bike’s, and I have to work like a dog to keep up with them. That might be a way I can extend my bicycle trips a few more years.
One of the key truths in the Bible is that the power of God is available to us through the power of the third person of the Trinity, the Holy Spirit. By His power we can successfully live the Christian life and do great things for God with our lives. The fruit of the Holy Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. Some disciples of Jesus obviously have a great deal of power in their life, and others have very little. There are a number of reasons for the difference in power, but a major one is some just push harder on the pedals of life than others. Some aspire to do great things with their life for God, they set big goals, they want, really want to glorify God with the way they live and the fruit they bear. God’s power was not designed to make us coach potatoes, but champions for Him.