Written by cycleguy on December 14th, 2014

I met a goal this past Saturday. Every year I set a goal for miles I would like to ride on my bike. My goal this year was 2500. That was a lofty goal considering I had no clue we were going to have the winter from you-know-where. Snow. Ice. Cold. Knee surgery. So riding really didn’t start until sometime in March, and then had to start slowly due to the knee surgery. Riding slows down drastically in November and December due to the weather so I was happy to finally reach my goal.

I don’t always set goals. I have an aversion to considering numbers are an indication of success or not, especially in a church setting. Don’t get me wrong: I like it when the numbers go up. But when someone uses numbers against you and as a way to either have you dismissed or push for it, the use of numbers as a “success line” diminishes. But there are those who use numbers as a way to validate what they are doing or validate themselves as a person.

It is true I set a goal for cycling. It sort of motivated me to ride longer than I have in awhile. I also know numbers can motivate some to push forward. But I guess what will always be in my head is motive, motive, motive.

My goal this Christmas season has been to slow down and focus on others. i want to especially remind myself to enjoy the Christmas season and the ONE who gives the meaning to the season. I hope you will join me. Maybe this song can be a good reminder for you.

What are you doing to make this season more memorable for you?


17 Comments so far ↓

  1. Daniel says:

    You display a great attitude here. My hope for this Christmas is to be able to be in the moment so that it just doesn’t pass in the same-old same-old blur. Glad that you reached your goal! That is definitely a reason to celebrate.

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  3. WOW! 2500 miles? No wonder you’re the Cycle Guy!


    And yep, I’m slowing down, too. Way down. And breathing deep. Listening for Him. And loving every minute of it …

    • cycleguy says:

      This time of the year slows me down on cycling Linda but the pace of the church takes a step up. I personally need to slow down…as you are.

  4. Jason says:

    Congrats on slamming down the goal, homie.

  5. Betty Draper says:

    I must admit I have really slowed down on sitting goals, goals that are good for me, like losing weight, reading more christian reads then novels that entertain. Your post has brought conviction to this old soul…step it up Betty is what I hear in my spirit. Thanks Bill and good for you on reaching your goal.

    • cycleguy says:

      I’m glad I was able to encourage you Betty. You do that so much for me. I can’t wait to see what God will do for and in and through you. 🙂

  6. Deb Wolf says:

    Congratulations on reaching your goal. That’s quite an accomplishment! Celebrating Jesus and the gift of His birth and enjoying the people with whom God’s blessed my life . . . that is my goal for the rest of the month. I think some of the stress of the holidays are expectations we put on ourselves. Trying to remember live under grace today and in the future.

  7. Sharon says:

    I’m still pondering 2500 miles, Bill. That is impressive!

    What am I doing to make this season more memorable? One thing I am doing is remembering how special last Christmas was, the last one with my dad. And, I am remembering how God has carried us through this first year without him. I am eagerly awaiting our family party, where once again, all of us have made time in our busy schedules to unite.

    I am making this Christmas memorable by intentionally setting aside the busy and the bustle, and instead focusing on what has true and lasting meaning.

    A Savior who came to earth to rescue us. And a Savior who gave eternal life. Because of that, I will see my dad again.


    • cycleguy says:

      Facing those times for the first time can be a real challenge. And yes, you will see him again some day because of the promise and the Promised One.

  8. I’ve deliberately taken a break from blogging to rest in this season. It’s marvelous you met your cycling goal for the year! 🙂 Blessings!

  9. Uhm, wow. 2500 miles is crazy wild. I had a goal for weight loss that I smashed, so 2014 was decent for me too. Now I can gorge myself the last few weeks (just kidding).
    I think this Christmas will be pretty memorable, as it’s the first with 3 kids for us!