There’s one thing that is for certain: these kids are going to know what it’s like to be on the trail, riding and enjoying themselves. Led by the adult taking them on the ride, they’ll see how to take every bump, drop-off, and slick place. They’ll climb just as their guide climbs, having the guide there, though, to encourage them as it gets tougher and tougher to peddle uphill. It’s good training, but to these kids, they won’t even see it as training, because really, they’re just outside having a good time.
15 Put these things into practice, devote yourself to them, so that all may see your progress. 16 Pay close attention to yourself and to your teaching; continue in these things, for in doing this you will save both yourself and your hearers. —1 Timothy 4
Our discipleship is the same. As we lead and guide others in the way of Christ, we’re there—not just show them how to read scripture or pray—but to teach them how to treat others, handle stresses, persevere in the face of circumstance, and even how to have a good time. Life is best learned from the ones who truly live it.
People will know how to live like Christ when you live like Christ. Your life is your best testimony. In fact, you could say that you are a living document, a Bible with legs. Show them how to “ride the bike” by actually living the life. Remember, “in doing this you will save both yourself and your hearers.”
May it be so, O Lord.