Take note of the following paragraph.  I read the full story quite a while ago in 2008.

LOS ANGELES — Dave Freeman, co-author of “100 Things to Do Before You Die,” a travel guide and ode to odd adventures that inspired readers and imitators, died after hitting his head in a fall at his home. He was 47.

I am, somehow, reminded of the Parable of the Rich Fool (Luke 12:13-21) whose life was ended abruptly and unexpectedly.  By no means do I denigrate either Mr. Freeman nor any of those who seek out places and adventures – as we do on our rides.  As a motorcyclist, I tend to feel a bit more aware of my mortality while also not riding in fear.  Perhaps, that’s an advantage to the comfort of a routine life as it focuses the intent of why I ride.  As a Christian Biker, I feel that I have what Mark Twain described as “the calm confidence of a Christian with four aces.”

But, let’s consider Mr. Freeman’s book in light of his unexpected death.

Not having read the entire book (only select portions), I don’t know what the complete list entails.  It seems to me, however, that such a list should certainly include a reconciliation with the Creator of the universe, and that on a person’s “to do” list, personal repentance should be pretty close to the top of the list next to breathing.

You might have read before that one of my favorite sayings is “If you want to hear God laugh, tell Him your plans.”  God has a “to do” list for us that, while in His will, gives us a freedom to act in our own free will for tremendous adventures.  We execute our plans while serving others at rallies, open houses, poker runs, and meetings.  We gas up our tanks and, in obedience, follow His command to “Go…”

The comparisons of our efforts in Christian service and God’s leading could, of course, continue extensively in this writing, and that’s the point.  I have a lot of “to do” lists for household activities and work-related projects.  For me, God has already provided an extensive “to do” list which is well suited to getting out there on a motorcycle.  Even better, the efforts within the ministry of the CMA are not disparate, disjointed, unrelated activities on a simple “punch list” but rather exist to singularly point all (who are paying attention and inclined by the Holy Spirit) to the cross and the Lord Jesus Christ.

Yep.  Out of curiosity, I still might fully read that book of “100 things to do” with an eye towards God’s Word.  As a biker who is still currently breathing and saved by Christ, I already enjoy a wealth of options in my service to Him.  I hope that particular “wealth” is fully spent before I go to my eternal home. 

Dave Freeman almost certainly didn’t expect to leave this world when he did at the age of 47 while looking to finish his list.  Something to think about.

“For I know the plans I have for you, says the LORD. They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.” (Jeremiah 29:11)

In HIS Service, 

Jack Applebaum