Monday, May 4, 2009

I have a testimony of cycling helmets

Yeah, I almost said that yesterday, when I nudged my wife and told her, I think she decided I'd finally lost my mind, completely. :)

Let me explain, last Monday I headed off to work on my trusty Aluminum framed Allez S-Works "commuter" bike. About 4km from home I exited my bike in a non-approved fashion, that is to say I went over the handlebars. The hows and whys don't really add much to the story, though they do enhance my embarrassment, so we'll omit that part for now.

The significant fact isn't that I crashed, or that I went over the handlebars, the significant fact is that I wasn't wearing my helmet. I had it with me, because you have to have them on when you go on-post, but "it's not that far" and "I won't be going that fast" and "it's just a commute" all seemed like perfectly good reasons to leave my helmet attached to the backpack this time.

And that's where the testimony comes along... If I'd been wearing my helmet, I'd still have crashed, and I'd have banged up my knee and probably my chin and nose, but I'd have avoided the huge knot on my forehead, the black eyes, and a lot of the pain. Likewise, Paul taught the Ephesians to " Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil." He didn't say "only wear it when you think you'll need it" or "only for the long battles" He admonished us to put on the *whole* armour.

How often do we find ourselves trapped, stuck on paths we don't want to be on, because we were wearing the *whole* armour? Ok, so you snuck a peak at a porn site and you're not having a problem with it so it's safe right? I rode without my helmet and the crash results weren't that bad, does that mean it's "safe" for me to ride without my helmet? I don't think so.

The adversary is after us, constantly laying traps for us to trip us up and send us over the handelbars, we need to be wearing the whole armour always, to protect ourselves from the dangerous pitfalls he places in the path back to our Heavenly Father.