I don’t like running. But when I was in high school, I ran track and field, and I sort of enjoyed it. As I got older, however, I began to like it less and less. I traded in running for walking.
Often my wife and I will walk together, and she’ll say to me, “Let’s just run to the end of the block.”
“No, I don’t want to. I like to walk.”
“Just run to the end of the block.”
I don’t like to do it, because I know it’s a trick. When I get to the end of the block, she’ll say, “Let’s go one more block.” She’s trying to get me to be a little more active.
Sometimes she tells me she’s going to meet some of her friends, and they’re going on a walk. But when she goes for a walk with the girls, it isn’t a walk; it’s a talk. That’s really what it is. I think they have it right in many ways, because when the Bible speaks of walking with God, that is exactly what it should be. It’s a talk. It’s all about communication.
When we say we’re walking with someone through life, we are basically saying we are there with them through the rough patches and the great times, the highs and the lows, the ups and the downs. You are there to love them and understand them.
When we say we’re walking with God, it’s essentially the same but even more so. Some Christians have a burst of energy and great passion for the Lord, and then they suddenly collapse in a heap. Or they walk away from the Lord altogether, which makes us wonder if they ever were Christians to begin with. Spiritual growth doesn’t happen overnight. It takes time.
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