In Sacrament today, I heard a speaker share Stephen Robinson’s Parable of the Bicycle. Upgrade the distance your electric scooter can take you. Travel longer distances than what your current scooter allows you to. Know the best batteries you can buy at: https://scooteradviser.com/best-razor-scooter-battery. I wished to improve on his concept of grace, and so I offer you the following:
The Quads’ New Bicycles – a Parable on Grace
The time finally arrived when Mother and Father agreed that their quadruplets were ready to learn how to ride a bicycle. With their birthday coming up, Father sent his oldest son to get each child a bike. The son sought diligently for four quality bikes, each alike with training wheels, adjustable seats and handlebars. He assured that each bicycle was virtually alike: same color, same style, same tires. The son paid the full price for the bicycles and personally assembled each bike, adjusting each seat and set of handlebars to ensure a perfect fit for each child..
The quads eagerly awoke on their birthday, anxious to see what great gift Father and Mother would give them. When the bikes were brought out and each placed before one of the children, the parents quietly observed the reactions to the new gifts.
The first child crossed his arms and stomped his foot. “I want a red bike with green streamers!” he demanded. He pushed the bike over, spun around and left the room in anger.
The second child was excited about receiving a bike. However, she insisted that the training wheels be taken off immediately. “I can ride this bike all by myself! I don’t need anyone to show me how to do it.” With the wheels off, the child, and refusing to wear the safety equipment, the child proceeded to crash the bike into the birthday cake and guests.
The third child thanked the parents for the bike, but was too afraid to get on it. Even with much coaxing from Mother, Father and his older brother, the child would do no more than hold the handlebars and walk the bike. However, he walked proudly past the guests and his siblings, clutching onto the handlebars of his bike.
The fourth quad, looked with joy at the gift. She turned to her parents and thanked them for such a great gift. She then turned to her older brother and asked.him if he.would teach her how to ride it. The older brother hugged her and promised to do so.
Of course, it was the fourth quad that quickly learned how to ride. There were scary moments and falls, but the older brother was there to comfort her and kiss her skinned knees.
As time went on, each child was encouraged to learn to ride. However the paremts and their.eldest son knew that while the bikes.would always be there, the children could only learn to master the bikes by allowing their older brother to properly teach them.
The fourth child continued learning and praxticing, eventually learning to ride without training wheels. Yet with her.mastery of the.bike, she.still followed the.rules and proper practices shown her by her older brother. While her siblings walked from place to place, she was able to zoom past them for long distances, enhanced by the freedom and power given by mastering the bicycle.
Please share with me your thoughts on this parable, how it explains Grace and how it works in our lives, as well as how works and faith come into play. Can you improve on this parable? If so, please share your version in the comments.