I bet you did this when you were a kid. I say this, because I still see little ones jumping around.
When I was a kid, I had to go places with my parents whether I wanted to or not. That was good parenting; I wasn’t left home to fend for myself. The most popular place we visited was the local grocery store, at least once a week.
I used to ride on the front end of the cart which had me facing mom as she pushed it through the store. I think she preferred me there as opposed to me pushing the cart and ramming it into the back of her ankle, that awfully sensitive Achilles tendon. When I accidentally did that, mom accidentally taught me swear words.
My attention span was short and so was my ride on the cart. I jumped off and began walking with mom.
The floor in the store was patterned with grey and black squares, but to me they were more than just squares. The grey ones were safe to step on, but the black ones contained kid-eating sharks. I knew this to be true because when my mom stepped on a black square nothing happened to her.
I followed my mom up and down the aisles being careful not to get eaten hopping from one grey square to the next.
This reminds me of the Christian walk. Walking daily in joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control – the grey squares; the safest route. Anything that tempts us to sin is found in those black squares placed upon our path.
When Christians walk on the grey squares, it may look odd to non-believers. No worries, the Lord makes straight the path and it becomes more familiar and less awkward.
The next time you go to the grocery store, see if there is a pattern and pick one color to step on. People may look at you strangely, but don’t pay any attention to them. You’re on a mission to learn the Christian walk.
Deuteronomy 5:33 Walk in all the way that the Lord your God has commanded you, so that you may live and prosper and prolong your days in the land that you will possess.