Bicycle training brings up visions of racing or touring for most people. But to really enjoy just riding around town on short rides, you still have to have certain level of fitness. Have you ever mentioned to a non-rider that you rode a couple of miles? Do you recall the stunned look on their face; the incomprehension of riding such a distance on a bicycle? Even non-competitive riders need to do some “training”.
While Proverbs 6:7-11 is really talking about work, it still pertains well to training or biking. After all, bicycling is work!
Sometimes you have to push yourself to get out there and ride. No one else is going to do it for you. To stay in good riding condition you have to put in the saddle time. If you take too much time off, it won’t be long before you are out of shape and can’t do the rides you like to do.
This does not mean that you can’t take time off of the bike. In fact, you should take time off from the bike. This is saying do not take too much time off and the time you do take off should be planned time off.
Maybe you don’t ride every Monday. Monday is your rest day from biking. That is good. Saying, “I don’t feel like riding today, its too cold” is okay one day, but don’t let it go on! Get out there and ride lest you become a non-biker.
What do you think about this? Let me know in the comments.
Pro 6:1 My son, don’t make yourself responsible for the debts of others. Don’t make such deals with friends or strangers.
Pro 6:2 If you do, your words will trap you.
Pro 6:3 You will be under the power of other people, so you must go and free yourself. Beg them to free you from that debt.
Pro 6:4 Don’t wait to rest or sleep.
Pro 6:5 Escape from that trap like a deer running from a hunter. Free yourself like a bird flying from a trap.
Pro 6:6 You lazy people, you should watch what the ants do and learn from them.
Pro 6:7 Ants have no ruler, no boss, and no leader.
Pro 6:8 But in the summer, ants gather all of their food and save it. So when winter comes, there is plenty to eat.
Pro 6:9 You lazy people, how long are you going to lie there? When will you get up?
Pro 6:10 You say, “I need a rest. I think I’ll take a short nap.”
Pro 6:11 But then you sleep and sleep and become poorer and poorer. Soon you will have nothing. It will be as if a thief came and stole everything you owned.
Pro 6:12 Some people are just troublemakers. They are always thinking up some crooked plan and telling lies.
Pro 6:13 They use secret signals to cheat people; they wink their eyes, shuffle their feet, and point a finger.
Pro 6:14 They are always planning to do something bad.
Pro 6:15 But they will be punished. Disaster will strike, and they will be destroyed. There will be no one to help them.
Pro 6:16 The LORD hates these seven things:
Pro 6:17 eyes that show pride, tongues that tell lies, hands that kill innocent people,
Pro 6:18 hearts that plan evil things to do, feet that run to do evil,
Pro 6:19 witnesses in court who tell lies, and anyone who causes family members to fight.
Warnings Against Adultery
Pro 6:20 My son, remember your father’s command, and don’t forget your mother’s teaching.
Pro 6:21 Remember their words always. Tie them around your neck and keep them over your heart.
Pro 6:22 Let this teaching lead you wherever you go. It will watch over you while you sleep. And when you wake up, it will give you good advice.
Pro 6:23 Your parents give you commands and teachings that are like lights to show you the right way. This teaching corrects you and trains you to follow the path to life.
Pro 6:24 It stops you from going to an evil woman, and it protects you from the smooth talk of another man’s wife.
Pro 6:25 Such a woman might be beautiful, but don’t let that beauty tempt you. Don’t let her eyes capture you.
Pro 6:26 A prostitute might cost a loaf of bread, but the wife of another man could cost you your life.
Pro 6:27 If you drop a hot coal in your lap, your clothes will be burned.
Pro 6:28 If you step on one, your feet will be burned.
Pro 6:29 If you sleep with another man’s wife, you will be punished.
Pro 6:30 A hungry man might steal to fill his stomach. If he is caught, he must pay seven times more than he stole. It might cost him everything he owns, but other people understand. They don’t lose all their respect for him.
Pro 6:32 But a man who commits adultery is a fool. He brings about his own destruction.
Pro 6:33 He will suffer disease and disgrace and never be free from the shame.
Pro 6:34 The woman’s husband will be jealous and angry and do everything he can to get revenge.
Pro 6:35 No payment—no amount of money—will stop him.