When I was in the 6th grade my school was at the end of a dead-end street, which was at the top of a not-too-steep hill. Coming home from school we would try to see how far we could coast on our bikes before we had to start pedaling. We’d pedal really hard across the parking lot, and then start coasting as we hit the top of the hill. I think my record was nearly four blocks!
Coasting is so much fun! It’s easy and exciting, and involves no work at all. Your legs are never tired at the end of a long coasting spree.
But you can only coast downhill. (Well, okay, I guess you might be able to coast for a short distance on level ground, but not nearly as far.)
Downhill might be fun on a bike, but it’s a lousy way to live. Solomon wrote:
The path of life leads upward for the wise to keep him from going down to the grave. (Proverbs 15:24)
Coasting is easy, but it’s taking you in the wrong direction.
Coasting doesn’t cause any muscle pain, but it doesn’t build any muscle strength either.
Coasting is fun for awhile, but the longer you coast, the harder the journey back.
Save coasting for your bike rides, but in your life be very cautious of coasting too long.
- Keep learning new things
- Keep reading challenging things
- Keep growing in new areas
- Keep setting stretching goals
- Keep forgiving
- Keep strengthening relationships
- Keep climbing higher and higher
It may be work to climb to the top, but the view is incredible!