I love new books, but The Love Boat Bachelor and Brent’s emails to his sister did interrupt the series here about walking in the faith. This all started with my word for 2015. WALK. To that end, I’ve not only been spending regular time on the trails near my house, but I’ve also applied writing career. And of course it naturally describes our ideal spiritual journey.
I have to tell you, I spent the entire month of January hearing the my word in scriptures and sermons. The Lord was certainly impressing it upon me. I hope that I am walking in a “manner worthy of the calling to which (I’ve) been called . . . ” Ephesians 4:1
One thing I’ve noticed when I’m on the trails is that I can only go in one direction. I have to choose only one path. I can’t straddle two or switch from one path to another.
Is that really possible for a woman, though? I don’t wear one hat, I wear dozens. Mom, daughter, teacher, writer, blogger, reviewer, marketer, photographer, promoter, choir director, choir member, volleyball scorekeeper, class coordinator, friend, assistant, volunteer, chauffeur. I could go on. I’ll bet most of you wear as many – even the guys. But even with so many, I can only successfully wear one at a time. When I’m blogging, I’m blogging. If I get a call from a friend, I have to stop blogging and be a friend. If dear soon-to-be-married son needs to discuss something or dinky twinks need help with homework, I stop being writer/marketer/reviewer/whatever and be mom.
In the same way, spiritually we can only walk in one direction. We’re either following, seeking the Lord’s guidance and devoted to His path, or we’re going after what we want. Don’t be confused, these are two different directions.
I’m not speaking of the way the Lord puts His desires into our hearts. Here I’m actually speaking of the desires of the flesh. The natural tendencies that everyone has to satisfy selfishness.
Indulging in my self-centeredness is never the path that the Lord wants me to follow. Christ set us the example when He emptied Himself. He gave up all that He was, not considering His equality with God something to be grasped. (My paraphrase of Philippians 2:6)
In the same way, I am to die to myself, take up my cross DAILY and follow Him. Luke 9:23. That mean I stay on the path He has set for me. But next week, I’ll examine the awesome (and I don’t use that word lightly) perks of Walking in the Lord’s footsteps!
Your Turn: How have you followed this week? Or maybe today already? What is the Lord doing in your life as you walk?