Need a Tune-up?

They say the best motorcycle is the one you have, not the one you want. Sometimes I have to remind myself of that.  Especially when visiting a bike shop.

As I type this, I’m in Greensboro getting my bike serviced along with a couple of minor repairs.  Basically, a tune-up.  Seated in a comfy leather chair conveniently located beside a Keurig one-cup dispenser and free doughnuts.  There is a dog sitting quietly under a table full of motorcycle magazines.  T-shirts on display right across the table.  Southern rock, blues and country music playing in the background.  Not too loud.

Did I mention the bikes?   This little waiting area is surrounded by beautiful new and used bikes.  Some with more power than Hoss.  (Like that ’18 1600cc bagger.)  Some with more tech.  Faster.  More comfortable.  Touring, street, sport.  And all the accessories that go with them.  Helmets, jackets, electronics.

Don’t you love motorcycle shops?

My first motorcycle was a 15 year-old ‘78 Honda.  It was hard to find a dealership that would work on such an old bike.  Luckily, there wasn’t a lot of technology on bikes back then.  Pre-fuel injection.  Pre-ABS.  Pre-anything modern.  With a Haynes manual, do-it-yourself was possible.  My current ride is a ’16 BMW.  Lots of tech, plastic and complexity.  I have the Haynes book, but I leave most of the work to the pros.

Bikes perform better, last longer and provide more enjoyment when they receive regular servicing.

They need regular tune-ups.

What about you?  How often do you get a tune-up for yourself?  Sounds funny, doesn’t it?  But we need it just like our bikes.

Paul instructs us in 1 Timothy 4:7-8 to … train yourself for godliness, for, while physical training is of some value, godliness is valuable in every way, holding promise for both the present life and the life to come.

We’re all different and we all approach spirituality in unique ways.  Some of us are in church every time it is open.  Some of us, never.  We all know people who can quote scripture better than the pastor.  We know others who don’t know the difference between the Old and New Testaments.

Some pray.  Some meditate.  There are those who practice personal spiritual disciplines.  Or think deeply. Or read scripture deeply. Some give generously.  Both time and money.

There are many ways to practice Christianity.  Don’t let anyone tell you that one way is better than another.  And don’t believe anyone when they say it’s easy.  If you’re doing it right, it requires work and discipline.  You get dirty.  The key to Paul’s challenge of training ourselves in godliness is to find how you get your spiritual tune-up, then make sure you practice regularly.

This applies to anyone.  Teachers, preachers, writers.  Choir members.  Cooks.  Dish-washers.  Scientists and mechanics.  Students, managers, miners, soldiers. Folks on the assembly line. Mothers, sisters, brothers.  Uncles.  Cool Dads.

And bikers.

All can know God intimately if we do as Paul tells us and train ourselves for godliness.  Regular spiritual tune-ups following the practice that fits you best.  That’s the way.

How do you get your spiritual tune-up?

The service tech just stopped by to tell me that he’s finished Hoss’s tune-up.  As I am paying, the guy behind the counter says, “that 1600 bagger you were looking at is a demo model.  You’re welcome to take it out for a ride before you head home …”

Don’t you love motorcycle shops?


Further Reading …

This post references 1 Timothy, chapter 4.