I got my bike in March 2017 and hadn’t identified a name for it, until now!
An anonymous donor, who has blown my mind with their generosity, gave $1000 to give the bike a name with great meaning and will, undoubtedly, provide great motivation for 2018. The donor requested the bike be named Tetelestai.
But what does this mean? Tetelestai is a Greek word which translates to “paid in full” or “it is finished.” It is derived from telos (an achieved goal, a consummation, an attained result) and means to bring something to its destined goal. These three words in English, one word in Greek, were Christ’s last words on the cross. It was this moment that his life’s purpose of sacrificing himself for our sins was complete and our debt was paid in full, both now and forever. It was a powerful choice of words considering the meaning and historical use of Tetelestai. More on this can be found in this article in the American Journal of Academic Research.
What does this mean to me? To whom much is given, much is required. Going into 2018, I have a great sense of responsibility to be a good steward of all that has been given me. I’ve been granted strength to overcome challenges that threatened my dreams, family and friends who believe in the vision, and an abundance of supporters who are making the dream a reality. With this in mind, I will ride Telelesti with a fierce resolve to overcome anything that attempts to steal the joy and peace to be found in giving life to the dream. I have confidence in who I am and whose I am because the victory we have in Christ.