How to walk down the sidewalk of love

walk this way~

This is the sidewalk of gratitude, kindness, humility, forgiveness, and love. Smooth, a few turns, nice view, calm.

It is NOT to be the sidewalk of grumbling, blame, arguing, selfishness, and anger. All broken and cracked, turning your ankle; might as well walk in the grass.

You walk this way the same way you walk any other way

There are no buttons or secret passwords or six steps to get there.

You look down the sidewalk, turn the way you look, take a step, and start walking.

When I walk Delly down this sidewalk there are lots of stops, distractions, and poop. Normal stuff for a dog walk. But we keep going, together. Poop is part of it.

Lift your eyes from the poop.

Standing in any one spot, right now, before I walk much on this sidewalk, I look around and see that even though I’m not where I want to be, this spot here is not so bad. It might even be pleasant.

I appreciate this view right here in whatever way I can.

You can’t live all in the future and miss this decent view.

And you can’t live all in the past and present, believing this is all there is with no hope that things can be better as you walk.

You don’t walk alone

As people are walking all the time, in the same spot, a path appears – John Locke

Your family is with you, since you can’t help influencing them. Your walk may be slow if they don’t understand or appreciate this sidewalk yet, but you can lead, just a step ahead. Who doesn’t like grace and patience and encouragement? By perseverance, the snail reached the ark.

And the Lord is with you – if you’re with him on this sidewalk that he made, and if you let him lead.

For your steadfast love is before my eyes, and I walk in your faithfulness – Psalm 26.3

What’s the view from your sidewalk right now?

About the Author


Gary Morland helps you feel better about your most challenging family relationships, and helps you actually improve those relationships - all by adopting simple attitudes, perspectives, expectations, and actions (the same ones that changed him and his family).


  1. Pam Cason

    I love this, Gary. It’s exactly what God has been showing me all along this way. I’m learning it’s not so much about the destination but more about the journey along the way. Thankfulness for where I am and what I see right now has been a powerful way for me to continue walking this path. When I’m thankful there’s less room for grumbling and complaining. I always appreciate your perspective. Thank you for your encouragement!

    • thankfulness doesn’t come natural, does it – I have to work at it. Gracias!

  2. Mindy Seekford

    Great post! Thanks for the encouragement:)
    My sidewalk is a little narrow at the moment,
    but Jesus is with me, and the view is good,
    even here.

  3. m

    It’s amazing…we were just discussing this; our walk! I was just telling myself, that I needed to stop & enjoy the view more! Why do I do that? Am I the only one who does? I’m not where I use to be, but not sure why I’m unsettled as to where I am now?!? I suppose I am impatient…idk?!? Trust, letting go, what’s my part & where/how do I let go & let God? I am reminded of Philippians 1:6 & Ephesians chapter 1…thank you, for sharing your wisdom!!! Blessings & <3

  4. Julie27z

    Definitely feels like encouragement. That’s part of the positive perspective and thankfulness. For me, taking your message as a warning puts a negative spin on it. There’s that perspective thing at work again. Thanks for the fresh look at where I’m going on the sidewalk of life.

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