by DanWolgemuth on July 6, 2015

(The following is an encore Fragment.  Although written and published some time ago, I hope that it refreshes your soul today.)

In 1986 Greg LeMond became the first non-European cyclist to win the prestigious Tour de France cycling race.  His accomplishment not only impacted cycling professionals, it also inspired many amateur cyclists.

During LeMond’s career he was asked if cycling got easier as he improved both his equipment and conditioning?  The response rings through my mind often: “It never gets easier, you just go faster.”

The application of the insight that LeMond provides reaches well beyond the sliver of leather called a cycling seat.  It reaches deeply into the journey of life.  It exposes truth for children and parents alike.  It brings clarity to world class athletes and it underscores the journey of followers of Christ.

Does life get easier?  Do the collection of experiences I accumulate lighten the load?

“I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.” (John 16:33 ESV)

No, not easier but faster.

The more we know, the more we learn, the more we grow, the more we stretch – the better the view of the uncharted territory in front of us.

This is not a cruel reward but a powerful stewardship.  Our obedience is celebrated by increased responsibility, our faithfulness invites more intense challenges.

Not easier… but faster.

Faithfulness doesn’t inoculate us – it exposes us.

Obedience doesn’t insulate us – it equips us.

As light we attack darkness.

As salt we confront decay.

As children of God we embrace orphans.

We wipe tears even as we shed our own.

Faster, faster, faster.

Never easier, but never alone.

From the manger to the cross.

Integrity invited poisonous whispers.

Innocence produced libelous assertions.  Scandal.  Lies.

Jesus paved the way… not to easier, but to faster; and it is there that I find less of me and more of Him.

“In this life…”

Like Jesus.  Because of Jesus.  With Jesus.

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