Tuesday, January 20, 2009
Day 20- Poor kid
Today I was convinced that my thirty day challenge was over. I have a pinched nerve in my neck and I am in tremendous pain. Every move I make is followed by a moan. Driving home I prayed that if I did not see someone walking in my neighborhood I was going to call it a night. I was not in the mood to stop by a bus stop or run an errand. I approached a stop sign, looked both ways, and the streets were empty. Suddenly, just before I pulled into my driveway, I saw a middle school student a few houses down probably walking home. I pulled up next to him and it suddenly became obvious to me that this was a bad idea. As I reached for a gospel tract his eyes were as a big as the moon. A complete stranger has now approached him and I'm sure he had flashbacks of what his parents had told him about talking to strangers. To make matters worse, imagine me with a stiff neck as I moan, "Hey little guy, can I give you one of these? It's a gospel tract." Just like his mom instructed, he came nowhere near the stranger's car and politely replied, "No, thank you." To calm his nerves I grunted, "Look, I know this seems weird. I will throw it out my window and you can pick it up later. Do you go to church?" The look in his eyes pleaded for me to go away. I informed him that I live just down the street and that I would appreciate if he would read the tract I left him when he had time. I then placed my car in reverse and painfully backed up three houses to my driveway. Needless to say, he turned around and chose to take the long way toward his destination. What was I thinking??