Thursday, August 11, 2011

Giving up stuff

"Do you really need to sell your bike? Can't you bring it to Singapore?"

This is probably the most frequently asked questions lately.  Why do you need to sell your bike? Just bring it over to Singapore.  You can still ride it there.

I love my bike. I love my Cervelo Dual.  It is my first tri bike. I still remembered the golden days when I am more fit and could rip up the road on this stealthy machine.

I even wrote a post about such sorrow for selling my triathlon bike.

So why do it? Why not just take it with me to Singapore and ride it there?

Side Note: I will be heading to Singapore to help OMF with their IT infrastructure.

To which I replied...

"Because it hinders ministry..."

Simple as that.

Things that hinders the ministry I need to discard.

But a bike is just a bike right? It's no big deal.

Not a triathlon bike.  I always explain to people that a triathlon bike is like a Ferrari.  It's great but it is also  high maintenance.  It ain't a commuter bike where I can park it anywhere.  I have to find a place to store it (probably in my room). I have to make sure I bring it to the bike store and have it maintained once a year.  With a commuter bike, who cares.  It is a commuter bike. If someone stole it, no big deal.

Slowly my attention and focus will be more on taking care of the bike and that energy can be focus in ministry.  
In order words, I care more about the things I own than about souls that are lost in the world.

And so...I have to give up my triathlon bike.  Maybe in the future God will give me resource to get another one.  Maybe not.  But this shouldn't be my focus.  My focus should be in following Him. If He gives me such resources, great.  If not, keep seeking Him anyway.


The good news is that my friend from Singapore find a buyer for my bike.  This means that I get to ride it until I go, then bring it with me and sell it there.

Sacrifice might be painful...but it is only temporarily loss compare to saving one soul through the ministry which He bestowed upon us.


Until then, take every advantage to go on the road, enjoy God's fine creation on two wheels!


Sarah said...

amen cliff!

"And every one that hath forsaken houses, or brethren, or sisters, or father, or mother, or wife, or children, or lands, for my name's sake, shall receive an hundredfold, and shall inherit everlasting life."
Matthew 19:29

Cliff said...

Hi Sarah,

Thanks..I am also reminded of how when Jesus called His disciples, they just leave everything and follow Him.