This is the second or third year of the north Texas CMA 5 chapter campout meeting at Apache Pass. It was decided that this year the food would be divided up among the chapter, with each one providing a meal. New Life Riders got Saturday evening and cooked up chicken fajita tacos with baked peppers and onions for about 40 people. It was very yummy. On the side, louis and Candy roasted some Jalapinos, which were fire hot. I heard that, but didn’t try any myself. There was also some wonderful fresh salsa. I don’t know who made it, but I could have just sat there and eaten it with a fork. It was like wow and complimented the fajita tacos great. Ok, enough about food. It was a campout, but I just went for the day. So, I arrived around 10am, and had several fun conversations with friends that I haven’t seen in a while, then we headed out to Tankawa Cycles for a visit, and after that went around the corner to a very good Mexican Restaurant. Next stop after food was across the street to the antique store. I din’t find anything I just had to have, so I headed back to camp and watched the bike games and washer toss. All I can say about the bike games is that I’m not sure a blind driver game is really very safe, aLthough we did manager to get through it without mishap. After the games I managed to get in a short nap until the Koobs smoker (for the chicken and veggies) tried to turn my nap location (my car) into a smoke house. It seems I parked too close and downwind from the smoker 🙂 I moved the car and not long after the food was ready and we had my already described dinner. Eat, games, nap, eat. What a life.
Well, UCOA was last night, so TMRA II is tonight. Only item on the meeting agenda was continued preparations for the Freedom Run next month on October 19th. Everything is going well, Pflugerville is adding us to their advertising and we are on track to a great event. It was a great meeting, and some horsing around fun afterwords. Here again is the flyer, and then some pictures;
I attended the United Clubs meeting for September this evening and brought a couple of friends from Black Sheep Motorcycle Ministry. They are relatively new to the area, and this seemed like the perfect opportunity to introduce them to the clubs in Austin. The meeting itself was pretty uneventful, except that we heard that Companero Hooch will be getting out of the hospital Saturday after having to be in there for two months. He has been recovering from a stroke, and he is doing much better now, but all our prayers are still needed to bring him full healing. Anyway Bandido Lefty suggested that we should all sign a copy of my picture book (UCOA : The Biker Experience) for Hooch, and give it to him as a gift so he can be reading all those well wishes and enjoying the pictures while he is still recovering. Needless to say, everyone jumped at the chance to sign, and then Chief delivered it to Hooch this evening. It is great to hear that Hooch is getting out of the hospital and I will keep praying for him.
If you have been reading, or listening to my Moments With The Chaplain posts in recent years, you will know that I am a big proponent of something I call the “Abiding Life”. You may also have heard of it called the “Exchanged Life”, or the Grace Walk. Essentially, the Abiding Life teaches that the spiritual work we do is done by Christ working through us as described in John 15:5. If you would like to know more about the Abiding life, I hope you will join us this coming Sunday at New Life Baptist Church in Pflugerville for the Grace Walk Conference with Steve McVey, author of Grace Walk.
We all have memories, some good memories and some… that we would like to forget. But, whether good or bad, memories are what makes us who we are. Memories can be a very powerful force for change in our lives. As a teen I picked a fight with another student who was on the school boxing team. The result of that as you might imagine made me decide very clearly that I didn’t want to be a fighter. Many of us were introduced to motorcycles as children, and that experience may have led to our riding motorcycles today.
Memories can drive us forward, and sometimes they can keep us from moving forward. If you were abused as a child or as an adult, you may have memories that you wish you didn’t have, but whether your memories are good or bad, I believe God gave us memories for a very good reason. Memories enable us to learn and mature. If I couldn’t remember, then I would make the same mistakes over and over again.
As your chaplain I am building memories every time God uses me to minister to one of you. Those memories are important to me and they are a big part of what drives me to continue in this role as your Chaplain. As I get older, my mind seems to hide more and more memories from me, but I am trusting that God will always protect the memories that I need most.
Remembering where we came from helps us see where we are going. Why not join me in allowing God to heal the memories you wish you didn’t have, and to help you see your path clearly as you move forward into tomorrow.