Friday, July 13, 2012

Roadkill, Resting and Relaxing Harley Riding

On a motorcycle you see, smell, and experience so many more things than in a car.  I am fascinated by how critters, skunks, squirrels, chipmunks, or deer will attempt to RUN across the road at the precise time I am whizzing by on our Harley.  Don't you dare worry!  All except the deer are generally harmless to the bike and myself.  I KNOW you were thinking about me and the bike, right?
Anyway, it’s always funny to see how these animals will scamper across the roadway. Some will stop and stare as if to say, "I dare you, go ahead and see if you can hit me!" For others, it's as if they're looking at a friend who they left on the side of the highway declaring, "Watch me, I can make it and nothing can touch me; I'm that fast!"  For others, it seems like they're running solo in life and they are thinking, "I just like to live on the edge.  I'm born to run.  Can't get enough of the adrenaline."
Now, I don't know enough about animals to know what is running through their puny minds, but often as I look at the various states of roadkill, I think to myself, "How sad; your life didn't need to end this way.  If only you hadn't run!"

Then I stop and think at the various times in my life where I was a runner.  Nope, not of the exercise variety. I'm speaking about running from something in life.  When I’m running fast and furious, the end result has never been positive, not at all.  I guess I could call it "human roadkill."  Yes, at times I've seen people who are "runners" physically die, but more often than not, that's not what takes place.  Human roadkill is when a part of us dies emotionally, spiritually or relationally because, in some fashion, we are running from God!

And we've ALL been there!  So I encourage you…make sure you come THIS WEEKEND to The Crossing.  I will be speaking in our new series, The Voice, on the life of Jonah.  That dude was a runner.  His story is our story.  He ended up as "human roadkill"; no physical death, but a haunting experience nonetheless.  His experience changed him forever.

I am counting on you being here this weekend.  I know God WILL speak to you and change YOU forever!  So join us Saturday night @ 5:30 p.m. or Sunday @ 9:15 a.m. & 11:15 a.m. By the way, this Saturday we're going to hold the Saturday service outside in the amphitheater.  Bring your beach chairs or blankets, some dinner if you'd like.  There will be food you can purchase at the service from  the following four traveling food trucks:  the Pit Stop Grill, Eat Em Up Truck, DesiAmigos or Mustach Mikes. Either day you come, I absolutely know you’ll be glad you did. 
See you this weekend, 

Tim Celek
Lead Pastor
The Crossing