We had a little black Golfie called “The Bat” (it looked like the Bat Mobile). A few boys were admiring The Bat very closely. I stood behind them a said “SHIELDS!” (and secretly pressed the locking system). The space-age door locks engaged with loud thuds that gave the lads a groot skrik. Street cred achieved.

One of the defining characteristics of our God is that He is an impenetrable surrounding shield if we trust in Him. “The LORD is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer; my God is my rock, in whom I take refuge. He is my shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold” Psalm 18:2 (https://bit.ly/2YYfnkQ).




My wife and I are cycling partners. We had a tandem road bike called “The Bull” (it had the colours of a Red Bull can). The best thing about it was speed. When we were in sync, in harmony, we could reach speeds over 90km/h. What a sweet-sweet symphony.

Similarly, we were not meant to live this Christ-following life mucking about on our own. We’re designed to live and move and have our being in tandem with the Holy Spirit. We’re rubbish on our own – but in sync with the Spirit, what a sweet-sweet symphony.

Read Galatians 5:25 (https://bit.ly/3DsCvXH)




I have a 400cc scooter that looks like a big touring bike. We call it “The Battle Star” (it’s a boy thing). Lately however, it’s been losing power, using more fuel and feeling sluggish. No matter how much I tinker with it, I still can’t get it to operate the way it was built to.

Sometimes our relationship with Jesus feels the same – sluggish, all show and no go despite our self-help tinkering efforts. Maybe it’s time to consult your original manufacturer. Jesus designed you, put you together AND knows what He’s doing.

“See, I am making all things new!” Revelation 21:5 (https://bit.ly/3F6RNmm).
Jesus makes old things new and new things new.




Life is wild out here and there will always be something screaming for our attention. But we can definitely try to not allow the busyness of life get in the way of our relationship with Jesus.

We need to spend time with God to get to know God more. Perhaps the time you spend doing other things needs to be adjusted a bit so that you’re able to set aside some time for God. We are not perfect (including me!) but work at it and commit to it.

James 4:8a (https://bit.ly/2PKR4h7)
John 15:5 (https://bit.ly/39BAyeB)
1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 (https://bit.ly/3ubFDnc)

Where and how can you make time for God today?