For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God—not by works, so that no one can boast.
Why do I commute six miles each way on my bike? I have so far ridden through 95° weather, moderate temperatures, high-wind situations, and driving rainstorms. I eat a small, inconvienent breakfast at work after taking a quick and completely non-luxurious shower in the womens’ locker room. Plus all day I have a six-mile ride home looming ahead of me. It doesn’t sound very fun, does it? So why do I ride?
You must realize that every day is an internal struggle to conquer the desire to drive by reminding myself of absolute truths. That truth is that I ride my bike to work for several good reasons:
- To structure exercise time into my schedule unavoidably. This appeases my conscience about staying healthy and lets me enjoy Ice Cream Day with relative impunity.
- To reduce our family’s overall emissions. Every day I ride, Ian drives only 12 miles total in his commute. Every day he drops me off and picks me up, he drives 36 miles.
- To build perseverance. Because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. And hope does not disappoint us, because God has poured out his love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit, whom he has given us (Romans 5:3-5).
And today I set a personal record (I think), riding to the train station in 23 minutes–a 15.5 mph pace that admittedly has left my legs rather painful on the stairs. Now if only I get myself home without dying…