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Biking Around Town Is Too Much Like Work

Ed, my neighbor next door, has noted the daily bike rides my wife, and I take around town. Last night, I was getting set for a bike ride by myself after supper. My weight is up and extra bike rides are necessary for me to slim down. Ed decided to try out his, sixteen-year-old grandson’s bike, by tagging along on my bike ride. I told Ed that he could tag along as long as he could keep up.

Bike riding is ideal as you get an up close and personal view of the street you are biking along. Ed’s not a biker or a walker, so he noticed many things that he has never noticed before while riding his grandson’s bike. It caused problems as Ed was so curious about houses having their roofs shingled, houses getting new siding, houses getting set on new basements, houses with newly poured cement driveways, houses with additions being added to them and houses with for sale signs; that I often had to pull over and wait for him to catch up. A few times, Ed was so busy checking out houses beside the street that he wasn’t watching where he was going on the street. I had to tell him more than once to look out for the car parked on the street ahead of him.

Ed accused me of nagging, and I said that he needed to be less nosey and keep up as I wanted to get home before midnight. He said that he was going slowly because I’m a senior. I told him that he needed to keep up or go home. Ed said to bike along as he’d be right behind me. I took off determined to leave Ed in my dust. I took Ed on the path by the ravine but, he didn’t lose control of his bike. I lead Ed down Montreal Street and all along First Street up pass the new rink complex. When we went by Matthews Funeral home, I yelled, “You need to rest in a coffin Ed?” I won’t tell you what Ed replied, but it was with some huffing. Ed did keep up, but I made sure we went completely across town and back. When we got home Ed said, “I’m not doing that again it is too much like work.”

You can be working when you are biking uphill or biking against strong wind resistance. A long bike ride may seem like work or at least tiring. Mostly, anything can seem like work. Sometimes, our attitude towards the work we need to do is negative. We may complain about work saying that we work likes slaves

How difficult the lives of actual slaves must have been. The Bible outlines teachings for Christian slaves, which is a picture of how to approach our own work. It says, “Slaves obey your earthly masters in everything and do it, not only when their eye is on you and to win their favor, but with sincerity of heart and reverence for the Lord. Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men. It is the Lord Christ you are serving.”

 

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