Rider back! I hear that often since I take my training hikes on a popular mountain biking trail called Walnut Creek. It is pretty busy on the weekends and I get to see how well trail etiquette really works.

As a hiker I step clearly out of the way, facing the riders so they know that I know they’re coming…most appreciate and acknowledge the fact that I am making way for them…for me it’s about attitude… I don’t feel like I own the trail and that they should have to go around me. I believe that I should make way for them and this is just common courtesy, it’s respect. I mountain bike these trails too and it can be difficult to maneuver around a hiker in the middle of the narrow trail!

So while doing my hike this weekend a group of mountain bike riders passed me coming up a steep hill. There was 4 riders all together and one of them was a woman. Now I have no idea concerning her skill level but she was last and slow getting to the top of the hill. The guys made a right turn (so did I) and apparently she went left since I never saw her pass me. They came back down the trail and tried to find her for little bit but then went on without her. I started to think about how she was doing…was she looking for them…was she frustrated that they went on without her…where they just a little ahead and not waiting? So many scenarios…and in the moment, no way of knowing which is right. At this point I figured it all gets down to her attitude. She gets to decide what kind of experience she is going to have. She can be pissed that they left her behind and ruin her ride or she can go find her own adventure and go forward and enjoy her own ride…enjoy the solitude…ride at her own pace. 

Just like life…

Throughout my hike the guys path crossed my path many times, they were having fun they were excited about the ride they didn’t seem to be missing the girl all.  Maybe that’s “group think” maybe because they were the “group” that didn’t get lost it didn’t affect their attitudes and all?

Later I came across a small herd of deer and I startled them…a few went right the other went left…it was doe…I wonder how her day is going to be?

After seeing the deer I thought about the girl a little bit more and I prayed for her…I prayed that she would enjoy her day…enjoy the ride…enjoy the solitude that this opportunity presented to her!

Finally, I thought about how much our attitude towards everyday things totally effect the outcome of our day, our lives and the lives of those around us. I thought about what was expected of me as a follower of Christ and what His attitude towards things would be…I thought about the Apostle Paul, sitting in a prison cell in the Empire of Rome writing letters to new Christians to encourage and boost their budding faith. In one such letter, Philippians 1:27 Paul wrote about the attitude a Christ follower should have:“Whatever happens, conduct yourselves in a manner worthy of the gospel of Christ”.

Think about it…Jesus pretty much had a perfect attitude in every situation he was thrust into because He prayed about everything and worried about nothing. Shouldn’t we at least try to do the same thing…have the same attitude? We should always look to God for guidance about every aspect of our lives (not just the big stuff) and allow Him to work out His perfection within us and without our everyday distractions. How often does scripture mention Jesus being depressed or discourage…do we hear him respond to anyone in a defensive manner? Nope…because He had a pretty simple goal (yes our salvation was part of that simple goal) He simply aimed to please God instead of trying to please himself! When life got difficult, He was patient. In the midst of suffering, He was hopeful. When being blessed, He was humble. When being ridiculed, abuse, and tortured, He made no threats…he did not seek revenge!

“When they hurled their insults at him, he did not retaliate; when he suffered, he made no threats. Instead, he entrusted himself to him who judges justly.” (1 Peter 2:23).