Published November 10, 2015

Shelia Shares
"Walk On"

Walking for exercise, as we do, takes time. It takes commitment. It takes strength. It takes persistence.

I was going to say that it takes "drive." But, that could be misinterpreted. Walking, rather than driving, starts with getting out of the car. It starts with not driving and not riding. Walking requires walking.

Paul and I started walking years ago. The first walks weren't as long in distance. Paul started walking through town, but at the time, I had a gym membership. When I could no longer go to the gym, I joined him on his walks.

At that time, our track was from Buchanan Park to the Lancaster train station and back again. Some of those first walks together entailed me walking with him to the train station and waiting there while he walked back to get the car and then drove back to pick me up. I didn't have the endurance to make the round trip.

Our walks now are about four miles and although we start at the park and go to the train station, we've added a large segment through the center of the city. It takes between an hour or an hour and a half, depending on conditions and impediments in our path.

Because we were consistent in walking and persistent in continuing to walk, today the journey is easier and the difficulties are not so overwhelming. We've built up our endurance.

The Bible talks about spiritual endurance. It talks about being able to go the distance.

We read in Hebrews 12: 1-2, "Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God."

We need to walk this Christian walk with endurance. We do that by setting aside the things that would weigh us down. We do that by resisting the devil and whatever would trip us up. We do it through the encouraging example of those who have run before us. We look to Jesus, who was the ultimate example and who walked a faultless daily walk and endured the cross.

Physically, we continue walking. Spiritually, we also need to persist in walking a path that is true to the Lord and His example for us.

We read in Hebrews 10: 35-38, "Therefore do not cast away your confidence, which has great reward. For you have need of endurance, so that after you have done the will of God, you may receive the promise: For yet a little while, And He who is coming will come and will not tarry. Now the just shall live by faith; But if anyone draws back, My soul has no pleasure in him."

Walk on, friend. Walk on.


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