A Lesson at Wal-Mart

Walking around the huge Wal-Mart parking lot—trying to get some much-needed exercise—I suddenly jumped. Rather, I jumped over. I jumped over a crack in the sidewalk. “Step on a crack; break your mother’s back.” Ever say that as a kid? I haven’t for years; yet there I was, jumping over the seam in the sidewalk.

I had to laugh. Did I really think that my dear mom in Florida would suddenly be carted off to the hospital or a chiropractor? What a silly superstition. But the habit of “jumping cracks” was so deeply ingrained that it rose to the surface when I least expected it.

As I continued walking, I thought about the habits in my life that are good. Others habits are bad and some just aren’t useful anymore. I won’t list my habits here (mostly because I’m embarrassed about the bad ones). We all have some habits that serve us well and glorify the Lord, and other habits that hinder us in our walk with God or testimony for Him. My habits arise from the thoughts I’ve fostered in my mind, and the seeds I’ve planted in my life (Proverbs 23:7; Galatians 6:7). So, to change those habits, I need to think new, biblical thoughts and plant new, godly seeds!

As I rounded the final curve of the Wal-Mart parking lot, I resolved to start a new habit. Whenever I’m out walking and become conscious of a crack in the sidewalk, I’m going to take a few moments to pray for my mom!

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