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WALKING AND WORKING OUT AT THE YMCA
A few months ago my wife and I joined our local (Hendersonville, TN) YMCA. We enjoy going there four or five days a week and walking and working out. I walk a couple of miles on the track on the upper level of the Y and lift a few hand weights to build arm strength. Jan walks on a state-of-the-art treadmill and works out on various other machines. It is an enjoyable experience for both of us.
When I began at the Y I walked only a mile (12 laps around the track), with the idea of eventually building up to two miles. I understand that my old friend and retired professor from Freed-Hardeman University, J. Walker Whittle (now in his 90s), walks two miles every day, regardless of the weather. (J. Walker is a walker but he is not a jaywalker. J) I am told that Bill Humble, Bible scholar and church historian, well up in his 80s, walks a mile and a half several days a week.
I figure that at 75 I ought to walk two miles four or five days a week. When I began it took me about 24 minutes to walk a mile. I now can do a mile in 20 minutes and sometimes a few seconds under. In the middle of my two-mile walk, I take about a five minute break, drink a few sips of water, and lift a few hand weights. At the end of my walk I do another set of “reps” with the weights, then “reward” myself with a complimentary cup of French Vanilla coffee, heavy on the non-dairy creamer with a pack of Sweet ‘n Low, one of the “perks” of membership in the Y.
It is fun to join others on the track. Men and women of all ages, shapes, sizes, and colors are there. Many of them are “regulars.” Others are only there from time to time. Old ones leave, but new ones are always coming on board. Some are in no hurry but more or less just saunter around the track. Others “really get with it.” Some jog and others run.
Having always been a “people watcher,” it is interesting to observe the gait and walking style of those in front of me.
One fellow picks up his right foot in such a way that the heel of it crosses over to his left ankle. A certain woman walks as if she is on plowed ground. One man, obviously recovering from hip surgery, was hardly able to “crawl” around the track when he first started. Now he is moving at a much better pace. A younger woman walks several laps using a cane, apparently recovering from some sort of serious accident. An older woman who has undergone foot surgery makes 36 laps around the track (three miles) at a steady pace several days a week. Another fellow takes about three or four leisurely strolls around the track then calls it a day! He is there more to socialize than to exercise.
The Bible says much about walking. Enoch who was in the seventh generation from Adam (Jude 14) is said to have “walked with God” (Genesis 5:22). Likewise, it is said of Noah that he “walked with God.” (Genesis 6:9). The prophet Amos asked rhetorically, “Can two walk together, unless they are agreed?” (Amos 3:3).
I wonder if Enoch and Noah walked as companions with God because God agreed with them or because they agreed with God. There are those today who have all kinds of ideas, views, and notions, who hold to all kinds of beliefs and theories, who pursue all kinds of lifestyles, and who seemingly think that God is obligated to agree with them! Their notions, views, beliefs, opinions, and life-styles are not substantiated by the word of God, but somehow they think God goes along with them and that they are walking with Him!
Christians are “to walk worthy of the calling with which [they] were called” (Ephesians 4:1). They are to “walk in love” (Ephesians 5:2). They are to “walk as children of light” (verse 8). They are to “walk circumspectly, not as fools but as wise . . . understanding what the will of the Lord is” (verses 15-17). To walk “circumspectly” means to walk “looking around,” being alert to and aware of what is going on. Christians are to “walk in wisdom” (Colossians 4:5). They are to “walk in the truth” (III John 3-4) which is God’s word (John 17:17). Children of God are to “walk in the light as He (God) is in the light” because this is the only way Christians can have fellowship either with God or with each other (I John 1:7). This light comes from the word of God (Psalms 119:105).
Those ignorant of God’s word stumble through life in the darkness of their own wisdom, philosophy, opinions, theories, and “contradictions of what is falsely called knowledge (science)” (I Timothy 6:20-21). To walk with God we must bring our will into agreement with His will, not the other way around! “O Lord, I know the way of man is not in himself; it is not in man who walks to direct his own steps” (Jeremiah 10:23).
With whom are you walking?
November 5, 2013