Today we passed only one other person. A lone lady runner.
A few weeks back we passed a group of runners. The boyz and I stepped off the sidewalk as we normally do so the runner’s stride would not be interrupted. I understand this because I used to run back in the day. I hated to stop.
They passed by without a “thank you” or any hint of a smile – just like always.
On that day, I decided that I would “never” step off the sidewalk for runners again. My thoughts got ugly as I concluded what an arrogant bunch they are.
As we were walking along today the lone lady runner was approaching. The boyz and I moved to the side of the sidewalk but we did not step off.
My thoughts returned to the same ugliness of a few weeks ago.
Then to my surprise, the lady runner said, “Thank you” AND smiled as she passed by.
I was shocked. I may have shot off a smile but to be honest, I can’t remember. I know I didn’t say, “You’re welcomed.”
God came along a few minutes later and simply said, “Do unto others as you would have them do to you.”
I just smiled. I knew He was right.
Once my heart was back on the right side of the track, or sidewalk, I decided that in future the boyz and I will always step off the sidewalk and smile at the runners.
I can’t control what others do. I can only control myself - with lots of help from God.
Thank you God for your gentle reminder today and the major attitude adjustment.