We had the October meeting of UCOA at Texas Mist this evening. We heard some thank you from recent activities, and we had a few new events announced. One item of particular interest to veterans, was from BamBam of True Few MC. He told us that if you are a military veteran, you can take your DD214 form to the place where you get your drivers license, yand the will update your license with special marking that will indicate you’re a veteran. Then you can use you drivers license to get veteran discounts at various places. Hmm.. Sounds like a good idea to me.
Most everyone here is part of a motorcycle club, or at least knows what motorcycle clubs are about. I have spoken many times about the the integrity and commitment that is required to be a member of a motorcycle club. It is not something that you enter into lightly. There is a cost, physical, emotional and monetary. In fact, the prospecting process for some clubs involves not only work, but also requires humbling yourself to the level of a servant to all of the existing members so they can be sure you are worthy of being called brother.
Fortunately, the benefits of full membership are substantial, building relationships with fellow members that can be relied on when life gets difficult. In fact there is nothing else quite like it in society.
But, there is another kind of relationship that shares some similarities to MC brotherhood, and you can probably guess what that is. Yes, I am talking about Christianity. Now don’t get you hackles up, I am not saying they are the same, just that they are similar in at least one way. The way I am thinking about is that you have to humble yourself before God and become like a servant to appreciate what God can and will do in your life.
But of course we are bikers, and we are proud and independent, we don’t lay down for anybody. Well, that is except for our brothers and sisters. We are here for them, and they are here for us.
Being a servant when there is a proper relationship isn’t demeaning or abusive, it demonstrates love.
In the Bible it says; “Jesus himself did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”
The Creator of the universe became a man, lived as a servant even to the point of death because He wants a relationship with us.
Because I know Christ, I am here for him, and He is here for me. When I am weak, He is strong. I am available to serve Him and He provides the power to do what is needed. Without Him I can do nothing; with Him, I can do anything He asks of me.
Humbling myself before God may not seem like a big deal, but for me and for many of us, It is a big deal. I used to think I was in complete control of my life. I didn’t need God, I could handle everything on my own. It took quite a few years before I learned that wasn’t true, fortunately I met Jesus, the one who is in control.
in John 14:6 “Jesus said, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.”
Jesus laid down His life to provide a very simple but exclusive path. Knowing God requires knowing Jesus. I know Jesus, and I pray you do as well. If you want to talk to me I am available.
The Companeros MC had their 20th anniversary party today our at Bentwood Texas, which is actually an event center up in Georgetown. The theme was a BBQ Cook-off, which attracted 13 participants. You don’t need to ask if I had a good time, I think I like BBQ cook-offs even better than chili cook-offs. You don’t have to worry about the heat so much. That is not to say there wasn’t some spicy BBQ,there certainly was. I can’t say I tried every one of them, but I certainly tried my share, and they were indeed very taste. We probably had a couple hundred people, and there was plenty of BBQ to go around, I think there was even some left over at the end. Chicken, Pork loin, Ribs and brisket, all were top notch. There was also a peoples choice competition for the best side dish. I only saw a couple, but the were certainly worth mentioning. The first was BBQ fried egg-rolls, which Debbie and I both loved. This was admittedly an unusual choice, but the flavors were wonderful. The second side we had was actually the winner of the side dish competition, that is BBQ grilled corn, which was then cut off the cob, and seasoned up with some secret stuff. It had a bit of a kick to it, and was indeed worthy of winning peoples choice. In addition to the food, we had a great band, that rocked out for most of the afternoon. I made a recording of one of their songs, but unfortunately the sound was bad, so I won’t be publishing it. I need to learn how to do better video. Well, other than that, it was a great day. Thank you Bentwood for letting us use your facility, I is a wonderful venue.
We attended the ride and memorial service for Darkhorse MC original member Stumpy (Stan McGill) today. The ride escorted Stumpy from Marble Falls to the grave location in Belton. There was a very comforting service given by Stumpy’s brother and we heard several great stories from friends and brothers. Stumpy was a “his way or the highway” kind of guy, but we were grateful to hear that he had accepted Jesus as his saviour, and was praising God at the end. He will be greatly missed, but it is so encouraging to know he has no more pain, only joy!
We had our October New Life Riders chapter meeting this evening at IHOP. There was lots of business, including the nomination of new officers for the 2017 year starting in January. Elections are next month. We had a special speaker that gave a presentation on driver safety that was well received. We also had several testimonies, including one from Don who goes into prisons to share the gospel. This past weekend he was privileged to go into a youth prison and share with a bunch of inmates. He said four of those that heard accepted Christ as their saviour. All I can say is AMEN!
Oh, and lest I forget, Debbie brought along a clipboard with the petition to Stop motorcyclist profiling, and got about a page and a half of signatures from the meeting, and from bike night next door at the Brickhouse. I even got a signature from a guy that happened to walk into IHOP for dinner as we were leaving. He said he was definitely for anything that would stop profiling. Enjoy the photos;
Oh, one more thing; The last photo is Debbie presenting Louis with a Scorpion pepper, corralled in a little plastic container. Louis promised it wouldn’t go to waste 😉