I don’t know when I first began to love taking walks. It almost feels like it’s always been that way. The feeling of freedom, fresh air and fun is quite intoxicating. What I know for sure is that summer leads to consistent walks and I am discovering the healing properties of walking.
Let’s go back a few years, when my sons were younger and routine was something I dreamed of but didn’t always get to enjoy. If your kids are anything like mine, there were many opportunities for re-direction. As my sons got older I called it a change of perspective. Either way, the basis for the re-direction or perspective change was to allow them a chance to figure out how to make their day better.
In the years I taught my sons how to do this, I began to take my own advice. Even to this day, getting outside, walking, or some sort of exercise is how I help my sons when facing a big challenge. And I guess I am doing something right because they both have taken me up on this advice.
So let me ask you this, are you a walker or do you engage in an activity that provides a sense of rightness to your day? What happens if you miss a day? Have you noticed the healing properties of walking or some other form of exercise routine in your day?
We hear messages of taking care of our bodies and I imagine many of you see your social media feeds flooded with ads for eating right, taking care of ourselves, and programs to help us get in shape. But I wonder if you know how important taking care of ourselves is to God.
Paul teaches us in 1 Corinthians to honor our bodies. He says:
Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought at a price.Therefore honor God with your bodies. 1 Cor. 6:19-20 NIV
And in Romans, Paul shares how we can focus on God in our everyday lives.
So here’s what I want you to do, God helping you: Take your everyday, ordinary life—your sleeping, eating, going-to-work, and walking-around life—and place it before God as an offering. Embracing what God does for you is the best thing you can do for him. Don’t become so well-adjusted to your culture that you fit into it without even thinking. Instead, fix your attention on God. You’ll be changed from the inside out. Readily recognize what he wants from you, and quickly respond to it. Romans 12:1-2 MSG
You can gain your own perspective change by engaging in an activity that provides healing. Walking is my activity and it’s not just about the physical activity anymore. Instead it’s a mind, body, and soul endeavor.
The healing properties of walking look like:
Opportunities to change the landscape of my day. I can breathe deeper and free my mind to allow the positive to enter.
A time of worship as I invite God into the time of walking.
A chance to push myself to walk farther and in the process gain strength and stamina.
A soul-filling as I pray and listen. It’s in the listening that God teaches me who I am and reminds me I belong to Him.
Increased energy to do the work God created me for. Ephesians 2:10 reminds me, For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago.
Together let’s focus on those things God planned for us long ago. Let’s discover how we can shift our minds back to God when we face challenges and open our hearts to what He is teaching us. May you find your perspective-changer today!
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