Monday Oct 26 2009
As you travel through life, learn to share the road
By: Tom Rupp
A Word to the Wise
When I first moved to Folsom 10 years ago I did not have a car, but rode a bicycle to get around. That lasted for a few months. It was autumn then and it made for beautiful memories. Sometimes I just walked. It’s amazing how far you can walk if you just start and try not to think about how far you have to go. That is one of the big selling points of our area — its biking and walking trails. This is a feature that many of us did not grow up enjoying. We had streets and sidewalks back then and that was it. Our labyrinth of trails may especially appeal to the casual bike rider. You serious riders, with your suits and helmets and expensive bikes, need not fear any competition from me. You know who you are. Then, and still now, it seems as if a person becomes invisible when they get on a bike. You learn quickly to look out for the other guy as well as for yourself. Many cars do not seem to respect bike riders. Bicycling can be a dangerous undertaking. This morning I got in the car early enough to fight pre-frost on the windows. At the main road I looked both ways and proceeded to turn right. I didn’t see him, but heard him for sure. He yelled. Exactly what he yelled was unclear, but he had the volume part down fine. Maybe it was the bicyclists’ mantra, “Share the road.” Or maybe it was something unprintable. The man on the bike was there before you knew it. In spite of the necessary precautions, an accident nearly occurred. Thankfully nothing happened and we both continued pedaling and driving our separate ways. Perhaps he thought I was a thoughtless jerk, but hopefully not. People, we have to become more aware of others in our day-to-day existence. Surely we have to resist the ultimate narcissism that considers only self and has little or no regard for others. Philippians 2:3 and 4 says, “In humility consider others better than yourselves. Each of you should look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others.” As we travel the road of life, it would make for a safer and more enjoyable trip if we all shared the road. So, man on the bike, I am sorry. I truly did not see you. Tom Rupp is a Bible Teacher at Capital Bible College. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or through his blog at thomaswrupp.blogspot.com.