So I’m an avid cyclist. I’ve watched at least a portion of the Tour de France on cable for at the least the last 25 years. To be fair, I do get my share of 20, 30, 50, and 100, and 125 mile rides in during the non-winter months. I’m doing a 20 mile ride every Friday morning at 6 if you’d like to join me.

A few years ago a friend was riding the RAGBRAI—a 468 mile bike ride across Iowa (look at RAGBRAI again and you’ll see that is an acronym for…you got it!) My friend was quite the cyclist by white collar, middle-aged, suburban standards. He was fresh an unchallenged after a couple of days of riding. But then, on a steamy 90 degree afternoon in the middle of Iowa, somewhat unexpectantly  Lance Armstrong catches up to him.

He had no idea Lance Armstrong was going to be part of the RAGBRAI! There he was , pedaling alongside the cycling greatness of a seven time Tour de France champion.

Lance’s riding was easy and conversational. Recreational and fun. My friend, not wanting to lose the opportunity to keep up with this great cyclist, strained to keep up with him. Of course he pretended he could match Lance’s effort, joining in the “easy” conversation and small talk. But eventually reality set in, and he could no longer keep up. After about 20 miles, Lance was just a small dot on the horizon in front of him.

I asked my friend what he thought about that experience. His response was profound, and true of much wider application that just cycling. He said” If I had known I would have the chance to share a ride with one of the greatness cyclist ever, I would have gotten in much better shape for the ride…”

 His divine power has granted to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of him who called us to his own glory and excellence, by which he has granted to us his precious and very great promises, so that through them you may become partakers of the divine nature, having escaped from the corruption that is in the world because of sinful desire..