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Wednesday, July 06, 2005

Biking Community

We just got back from a cycling vacation. What a great time. This year I really noticed that we were living in a community. We lived with about 20 to 30 other people for about a week. We bike all day to our campgrounds. We eat together and we all camp together; each family in their own tent, but all next to each other. It was amazing.

Our children lived in a new level of freedom. There were kids a little older than they who took them with themselves. Also, these older kids were biking and biking and I watched our kids begin to push themselves and bike like them. One boy biked for 100 miles (a "century"). If I remember right, this boy is 11 years old. Wow. Inspired, our son biked 55 miles one day, some on his own bike and some on a trail-a-bike. Our son is 8 years-old. Kids can do AMAZING things.

I was really amazed to watch how people gave and shared and helped each other. If someone had a need, then who ever could; helped. People gave us food when we did not have enough, fixed our bikes when we couldn't, watched our kids so that my husband and I could have a "biking date". I was grieved to see how much selfishness is still in me. Being in such a giving environment starkly showed me my graspishness. I am determined to fight selfishness to death in me. The giving and sharing was so beautiful to see and was a gift to experience.
These people did not talk about it; they just did it. Lord. Make me more like that!!


At 7:55 AM, Blogger Jan said...

Welcome, welcome! So glad you are here!

At 8:32 AM, Blogger gloria said...

You're here! Hurray! It will be wonderful to connect with you more frequently.

At 8:35 AM, Blogger sleeping with bread said...

Deo Gratias!

At 9:38 PM, Blogger Tonya said...

You've encouraged me to be aware of my own selfishness as we leave tomorrow for 9 days in the Black Hills...Me, hubby, 2 girls and my parents! Maybe instead of being a little tense and wary I need to look for opportunities to serve? Hmmm...thanks for the reminder and the challenge. I'll be blogging about my week!

At 7:19 AM, Blogger jeffmacsimus said...

Man -- what a remarkable picture of community. This whole entry is powerful both as story and metaphor. SO glad you joined us! Keep 'em coming!


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