I am the proud owner of a Fitbit pedometer. One of my sons gave it to me a couple of years ago, and it is my faithful companion. As I go to bed at night, I literally remove it and place it on the night stand, and then as soon as my feet hit the floor the next morning, back on it goes. Each day of my life I am intentional about taking steps. I have a goal of no less than 10,000 steps, and most days I make that.
Because I have the Fitbit synced with my computer, I receive progress reports. I got my report for the year 2014 and was amazed at how far one can go by taking intentional steps. Last year I walked more than two and one-half million steps, which translated to over eleven hundred miles. The numbers would have been even higher except I lost my pedometer, and was without it for almost a month. So, in 2014 I walked enough steps to get to Boston, MA, Roswell, NM, Minneapolis, MN, and a number of other places.
When I set out in 2014, I never knew how far I would go, but I purposed to get up every day and intentionally take steps. Some days I made much progress, and some days I hardly made any progress. Yet, I kept walking, and it amazing how far I went.
How did I do this?
- I was intentional about my walk. Some days I did not want to walk – I was tired, lazy, sick, burned out or depressed, but I still intentionally kept walking.
- I did it one step at a time. If someone had said your goal is to walk to Boston this year, I would have been overwhelmed. Instead, I just got up and walked a step at a time.
This is exactly what it is like to walk with God. Victory and fulfillment in God, comes through learning to continue whether one feels like it or not, and we do it one step at time. Each step gets us farther down the road. As we keep walking, we will look back and say, “Wow, look how far God has brought me!” And even better, we will get to walk with the living God, and know His presence and power.
I love what is said of Enoch: “And after he became the father of Methuselah, Enoch walked with God 300 years and had other sons and daughters… Enoch walked with God; then he was no more, because God took him away”. (Genesis 5:22, 24).
I want to so walk with God that I am literally taken away by Him, that I am no more, and He is reflected in me.
Today why don’t you pick up your spiritual pedometer, strap it on in the Spirit, and head out!