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FaithLife Devotional

Nov. 17, 2017 at 11:23 a.m.


ADVERTURES IN WALKING

About a year back, the doctor told me I needed to lose some weight by exercising. My response? I told him I would exercise by finding a fat doctor. After some reflection, I took him up on his advice. Because we live on five acres with two of those acres fenced, I started slowly walking inside our backyard fence.

A year later, I've lost over thirty pounds and feel much better. I've even increased my stamina by walking three times around, seven days a week. Since I never know where my schedule will leave me at the end of the day, I start my day by walking at 6 in the morning. It's still dark outside, so I carry a flashlight. To my surprise, my two little dogs like walking with me. Because they stand ready at the back door each morning, they serve as my accountability partners.

After learning about my progress, my wife decided to walk with me. Everything was going well until we made a second round. Being accustomed to the dark, I noticed something wiggling just ahead of us. I quickly stopped her and inspected before proceeding. Sure enough, it was a copperhead snake; this is the first snake I've seen in my walks.

Needless to say, that was the first and last time my wife walked with me. I've put up smaller wire around the bottom of our fence to keep snakes out, but that didn't make a difference. She still refuses to walk with me. At least, my dogs haven't abandoned me. Although I'm sure my neighbors aren't thrilled since my little ones love barking at anything that moves.

It might surprise you, but the Bible talks a lot about walking. In his second epistle (2 John 1:4), the apostle John commended the believers for walking in truth, especially since they were surrounded by false teachers. Walking in the footsteps of Jesus takes work, but the results are well worth the effort. Are you walking with Jesus? Every step is an adventure.

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