Helmets Are In!
Day 11 – January 16, 2020
It was a beautiful day for riding, and it was the first long ride I had taken on my brand new 1982 Yamaha 750. (So yes, it was in 1982.) I had just crossed the Wilson Bridge on the DC beltway into Maryland when a driver in the far left lane decided to make an exit off of the far right lane where I was riding. I don’t think the person even saw me. I hit the brakes to avoid a collision, and I lost control of the bike and laid it down in the off-ramp of the beltway.
Cars stopped, people came running, and over and over I heard, “Are you ok?” Miraculously I was. My new leather jacket was ripped to shreds, and my legs were scraped and bleeding, and my bike was totally gone, but I was fine. I was sitting in the gravel of the road when one guy said, “Oh man, it is a good thing you had your helmet on.” When I took off the helmet, I looked at it, and the entire right side of the helmet was crushed. But my head was fine. I found out later that in 1982, Maryland did not have a helmet law. So glad I was from Virginia, or I wouldn’t be writing this now.
That was the last time I ever rode a motorcycle on the road. I decided that I wanted to live. But it is not the last time I wore a helmet. I started wearing one when I was rafting, riding my bicycle, go-karting, parachuting (no just kidding, but I am going to do that one day)…helmets are extremely valuable. Here’s the deal…your head runs everything. No head, no nothing.
But it’s not just the outside of your head that’s important. The inside is even more important.
“Wise people protect their mind. They put on the helmet of salvation. They don’t just allow anything into their mind.” – Rick Warren
God has made a deposit into our minds. Proverbs 2:6 says, “It is the Lord who gives wisdom; from him come knowledge and understanding.” It is then our job to protect that wisdom. But that is where problems develop. Proverbs 15:14 says, “A wise person is hungry for knowledge, while the fool feeds on trash.” So the question today is, “Do you have your helmet on?” What do you allow into your head? Is it trash? Or is it wisdom? Your head, what you think about, runs everything in your life. Eventually, your life becomes the result of your thinking.
Have you left your mind exposed to unhealthy thoughts? Have you taken off your helmet? During this 21 Days of Prayer and Fasting, you should fast every impure and destructive weapon that is used against you. Stop watching the TV shows that cause brain damage. Stop listening to the music that suggests anything but health. Stop reading the books that send your imagination into the toilet. Put your helmet on, and begin feeding on God’s wisdom. Re-ignite the gift of wisdom that God has deposited into your mind. Start your day with Scripture and prayer. And when Satan tries to run you over, your helmet takes the blow, not your head!