SAYING GOODBYE!

Later this morning I will say goodbye and see no more one of my best friends. I met her in July of 2003. The ink had barely dried on the divorce decree the first time I saw her. I don’t know what drew me to where she was. But I knew somehow she would help me through this dark night of the soul. She was absolutely beautiful and I longed for her. It took me a couple of weeks to build up the courage. I would visit her, and each time, I knew I had to have her! And finally, I pulled the trigger and put it all on the line! I made an offer and it was accepted. They took her off the show room floor. Showed me everything I needed to know, signed the papers and she was mine! Well, mine and Yamaha Credit.

And for nearly 19 years, she has been my joy and she indeed helped me sort a lot of things out back then. In fact, she helped me sort out a lot of things since those dark days. I even named her Therapist! But later this morning, she will no longer be mine. I will say my final goodbye, and probably get chocked up and shed a tear or two when she is driven away. And some may wonder why I would so casually get rid of Therapist. I mean, if she has helped me so much, why sell her? I could write some words to try and explain it, but as they say, “A picture is worth a thousand words!”

In all honesty, when I got this “her”, I really intended to keep Therapist! I really did! Just the thought of getting rid of Therapist–it would make me mad! No! I will keep her! But the thing is, I can’t ride two bikes at the same time, can I? No I can’t. So, today I say goodbye to the old, and be free to enjoy the new. By the way, I haven’t named her yet. Therapist 2 doesn’t sound right, so I’m open to your suggestions. And what does all this have to do with the Kingdom Life?

Instead of me answering my own question, I’ll let The Bible answer it for us. In Luke’s Gospel, chapter 16 and verse 13, Jesus said, “No one can serve two masters. For you will hate one and love the other; you will be devoted to one and despise the other.” Trying to mix Jesus and the world is one of the major reasons there is so much chaos in the church, families, and our culture. Trying to hold on to Jesus and the world is akin to me trying to ride two bikes at the same time. It’s a recipe for disaster. Besides, even if I succeeded even once, switching back and forth will get me hurt bad–really bad! Peace, true and lasting inner peace–as well a enduring joy–comes only when we let go of the world and be devoted to Jesus and Jesus only!

Jesus and the world? It’s like trying to mix oil and water, gasoline and water, mixing a rotten egg with a good egg for a scrambled egg sandwich! So, just let go of the world, as I am doing with Therapist and enjoy the new life made possible through God’s Grace and our faith. Love God with all your heart. Love others the way Jesus loves you. And make sure all the glory goes to Him!

And as a footnote in biker culture, do you know why female bikers refer to their bike in the masculine gender and men refer to their bike in the feminine gender? A woman biker says, “Look now! Act right! You know you’re not the only bike out there. If you act up, I’ll just go get another one!” And the reason men refer to their bike in the feminine gender is because if you respect her (the bike), treat her right and take care of her, she will give you years of great joy. But if you misuse her or neglect her, she will hurt you and hurt you bad!