My lower back began to ache a little bit so I stood up tall to stretch it out. ‘How in the world do women do this every day?’ I wondered. This process is enough of a pain once a week, I couldn’t imagine it every day. OK here we go. I leaned over once again to take the razor to my legs.

I guess I have inherited a bunch of odd habits since becoming a cyclist. I definitely never thought I’d be hunched over in the shower shaving my legs. I can’t say that I ever envisioned wearing spandex around town while walking on strange shoes. I never thought I would have half of my savings wrapped up in carbon bicycle frames and expensive metal components. Between my wife and I, our bike collection is worth more than both our cars combined. When did this all happen?

I was walking down the street later that day, sporting my smooth and silky legs and saw this 30-something guy walk by. He was tattooed from head to toe. Face, head and all. ‘Holy crap!’, I thought. You have got to be kidding me. I seriously wonder if this guy wonders how that happened to his face. I’ll bet even if he doesn’t now, he will in about 20 years.

My friend sent me a short You Tube flick this last week that depicted a bunch of square figures marching in unison. One of the squares tripped into a hole where he was greeted by a bunch of round figures. One of the round guys picked up the square guy, took him over to a grinder and grinded him into a round guy. The film was entitled ‘friends’.

There is no doubt our friends, hobbies and professions shape our behavior. These influences are the building blocks upon which which we base our identity and personality. None of it happens overnight, but before you know it, you are shaving your legs or tattooing your face. I’ll take the prior habit by the way, but if tattoos are your thing, then watch out.

I was thinking about it all from a spiritual perspective, and can see how I am still being shaped by Christ. I am closer to Him than I was a year ago, but still feel like I know so little and have so far to go. I guess outwardly, people have noticed a change which is encouraging. I love getting the “you’re the most spiritual guy I know Tim, can you say a prayer for so and so?” phone calls. It makes me realize that I am slowly being transformed by something bigger than myself. Now I am 95% sure you will never find me on a street corner with a bullhorn and a ‘get saved from hell’ sign, but I am stoked that God is working on my heart.

As I complete my weekly leg shaving task, I not only salute all the women of the world for their dedication (minus the French women of course), but I thank God that He is transforming my heart and preparing me to be His servant.

Romans 12:2 (The Message)
So here’s what I want you to do, God helping you: Take your everyday, ordinary life—your sleeping, eating, going-to-work, and walking-around life—and place it before God as an offering. Embracing what God does for you is the best thing you can do for him. Don’t become so well-adjusted to your culture that you fit into it without even thinking. Instead, fix your attention on God. You’ll be changed from the inside out. Readily recognize what he wants from you, and quickly respond to it. Unlike the culture around you, always dragging you down to its level of immaturity, God brings the best out of you, develops well-formed maturity in you.