With the start of a new year I decided to add walking to my everyday routine. At first I had to force myself to get out the door. Now, every evening I anticipate lacing up my gym shoes to embark on a walk.
Walking is beneficial to our physical health in various ways including bolstering our vision, helping to lose inches, and fighting depression. It also leads to faster recovery times for surgeries.
With all these benefits in the natural we must explore walking in a spiritual aspect.
Micah 6:8 tells us how to walk “He has shown you, O man, what is good. And what does the LORD require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.”
Walking humbly simply means to be submissive to Gods will and plans for our lives. We should take the time to understand what His desire is and walk in the path He has directed.
Psalm 1:1 tells us how not to walk. “Blessed is the man who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked or stand in the way of sinners or sit in the seat of mockers.”
This includes choosing the correct walking partner. My husband walks with me and helps to keep the pace. He encourages me to “keep it moving” when I slow down. Choose wisely and refuse the advice of the ungodly! It will get you off the path and inevitably slow you down to a halt.
Isaiah 40:31 advises us how to keep walking! “Those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and will not be faint.”
The benefits of walking occur with consistency and longevity. The goal is to be active long term. We do this spiritually by hoping in the Lord and serving Him. When we serve God and place our faith in Him he promises us renewed strength and the ability to continue on with vigor while never lacking courage!
I encourage you to start a walking program this year in both the natural and spiritual. There are benefits waiting for you to increase your everyday experience and it is time to grab them!
I’m walking this year. Will you join me?