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Recently, after a long bout of illness, I began walking on my treadmill again to get myself back into some kind of decent fitness. I was having a hard time walking, so I began to think of all the miles that Jesus walked on this earth. He did not ride anywhere. He put one foot in front of the other and walked! I imagined that I was walking with Jesus through the desert or into a city.

If I walked with Jesus, then my little treadmill-walking would seem like a piece of cake. Who am I to give up on my simple little walk!

Then my thoughts went to stories I’d been reading and hearing about in the news—of the people of Somalia walking for days and days trying to find rest from the ravages of war and famine; searching for food, water, and a place where they can find help. Most of these people are walking barefoot. They are frightened and starving. Their children and old ones are dying. These are humans who are no different than you and me! They are walking because it is a matter of life or death for them. There is no choice if they hope to survive and to help their children to live.


So what do these two lines of thought—walking with Jesus and walking for survival—have to do with each other? The common denominator is walking. Our survival depends on Jesus as does walking for our physical health.

As a present-day disciple, I challenge myself to get up and put one foot in front of the other, without complaining, without compromise, and without thought for comfort. My only thought is to follow Jesus wherever He leads me. I’m not just talking about the treadmill, though that exercise has become more pleasant as I make it a “Walk with Jesus.” I’m talking about every aspect and responsibility of life.

To you, I say: “JUST WALK…and Jesus will lead you along your path. He will walk with you physically and spiritually."

"But those who wait on the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles, they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint" (Isaiah 40:31).

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