I attend my first CMA meeting yesterday. This is something I have been considering doing for awhile now in hopes of meeting more believers. I feel the larger my christian support structure is and the more friends that I can make that are on the same journey as me the better success I will have. Plus it involves motorcycles and riding and as many of you know that’s a strong, almost too strong, of a passion God has placed in me. I figured I’ve ridden so much for so many years for all the wrong reason, my pleasure only, why not ride for a purpose that is aligned with my faith. So I went to the Clarksville, TN Chapter meeting last night to see first hand the type of people and find out more about the organization and what they do. Meeting any new group of people is always a little daunting because we never know how we will be accepted or if we’ll even fit in. My growing faith has made that easier for me lately because now I try hard to embrace everyone I meet daily in love and that always makes for a good friendly starting point.
I felt welcomed right away and many conversations ensued as we enjoyed a meal together before the meeting actually got underway. I was amazed by the love that was in that room and their genuine desire to spread the word of Jesus. It was obvious to me they not only loved motorcycles and riding but loved the Lord as well and were using their love for motorcycles as a method for expressing that love to support each other and all the people they meet on the open road. Their programs are varied by chapter and locality and also nationally. I won’t list them all here but here is the web site if you’d like to check them out for yourselves http://www.cmausa.org/
At the end of the meeting and as we were closing in prayer I was especially moved by a story one of the members told about a particular Bible verse that had changed his life when he was just 19 years old. It had to do with anger and how he learned to over come his and how we all can learn to do the same. The Bible verse was 1 Corinthians Chapter 13 verses 4 – 7. The NIV version translates it this way
Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.
He issued a challenge to us that was given to him when he was 19 that changed his life. He asked us to take that Bible verse and substitute our names where you see the word Love in that Verse and live it for the next 30 days. As God is Love and we strive to be like Christ in Love it’s a natural extension that can have a profound impact on how we live our lives. For example here is the same verse that I have rewritten for me on my white board in my office that I may see it each day first thing and try and implement.
Donnie is patient, Donnie is kind. He does not envy, he does not boast, he is not proud. He does not dishonor others, he is not self-seeking, he is not easily angered, he keeps no record of wrongs. Donnie does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. He always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.
Wow … pretty powerful spiritual medicine if you ask me. Now try the substitution for yourself and see if in 30 days it doesn’t change you. Amazing how timeless the words in the Bible are if we can only see the truth within it.
Amazingly I had a chance to practice right after leaving the meeting as I started heading home to Dover on my motorcycle. Two cars rushed by me and one swerved right into my lane as they raced along oblivious to other drivers around them. I was able to brake and avoid him but the anger rose within me. The old me would have sped up and caught that guy and let him know with one of my fingers what I though his IQ was but then I remember that verse and instead I backed off the throttle and let go of it. Not sure I’ll always be able to do that but now I have new ammunition in my heart to live the verse above that was personalize for me tonight. As I continued my ride home I had renewed hope that the anger within me could be controlled from above. What a great day. I think I’ll be seeing more of these folks and this organization.