I have been through some dark times in my life; some periods of time when I wanted life to end. I have made huge mistakes that cost me friendships and family relationships. I have beat myself up, put myself down, and thought I was unforgivable and unworthy of love, friends, or that personal relationship with Jesus I heard people talking about. Continue reading “Carrying the Burdens of Others”
I’m at that point in my life where I have been blessed with some pretty incredible people in my life; many of whom I am either no longer in contact with or who I simply don’t see as often as I would like. I don’t know if it is a product of busy lives in a society where social media has become a substitute for personal interaction or if our lives have just gone in different directions. Perhaps it is just me and the older I get the less inclined I feel like going out. So it is that I find myself in between a place of needing my friends and good conversation and wanting to binge-watch some random show. Continue reading “Evolving Friendships”
The past six months have been another season of change for me. I started down a path about a year ago that took me to a place unexpected. I made a decision to make some changes, never dreaming where God would take me. And I have never been more content.
Have you asked yourself how you can live a more spiritual life? How can you create space in your heart to draw closer to God in all aspects of your life? Have you wondered how to let the life of Jesus Christ shape your life and change you from within? Do you want more out of your life?
I was sick for a few days and not up to taking my walk. In my mind I was walking, but the feet weren’t actually moving. It’s like those times when we have an inspirational thought and can visualize a possible outcome-and then we don’t actually put fire to the vision to bring it to life.
In the business world, I was pretty darn good at coming up with great ideas and gathering smart minds together to implement my vision. I have not had that same success in church ministry or in fully implementing the vision I have been given for singles. It is much harder to get people involved unless they see some direct benefit or application to their lives. Your vision may not be theirs and they may not feel compelled to join your team.
That is perfectly okay. If God has given you a vision go ahead and take the steps forward. Ask people to join you and don’t be upset if they don’t share your vision. Share your vision any way because it is possible that someone else will have the responsibility to lay out the mission and pathway forward. In the end, if we remember not to make it all about us, our vision might come to life, even if it is under the leadership of someone else.
Don’t be afraid to receive a new vision either. Let go of what didn’t seem to work, learning and growing from the experience, and chart a new path for yourself. That’s what I did with The Lighter Walk. It was time to change. And as I have begun this new Walk, I am refreshed and excited to just keep stepping forward, wherever the road leads.
If you have taken a pause on your walk, consider restarting the walk before it slips away from you altogether. Ask people you trust to walk with you and help you to see the call more clearly. Get a coach or spiritual director who has no agenda other then to see you walk forward. Never be afraid to begin again because after a period away you are likely to return with new ideas and new energy. Go ahead–hit the start button and GO!!
Is your walk just a walk or does your walk have a deeper meaning for you? Is your walk your purpose? Are you in pursuit of something more then what you have today? Are you guided by something supernatural (perhaps God?) in your walk? Are you seeking a higher ground on your walk?
For me, my walk is my journey to grow closer to God, to see him more clearly in nature and in the environment around me. My walk is to open my eyes and ears to the world in which I live and share what I experience that others might also be encouraged to seek out more in their lives. Each time I walk I do so expecting the unexpected.
Some may equate “walk” with “calling” and living out their ministry as a “God-walk.” I believe that we must first walk and spend some time just being, before we can run into our calling. Far too often we believe we have heard God directing us into a ministry or a mission field and we are so excited to just get going, that we forget to prepare for the road ahead. Sometimes the walk alone is a calling, as it is for me right now.
And sometimes we become so consumed with wanting to meet the expectations of those in our community or family that we walk into ministry as if reporting for duty. It becomes like another job and we aren’t even sure if it is really want we want to do or are called to do. It becomes all about the doing and the showmanship and less and less about hearing and seeing what God wants from us and for us.
Maybe you are familiar with the Bible story in Luke 24 about the men walking from Jerusalem to Emmaus after the Crucifixion of Jesus. They were devastated and didn’t know what to do next with their lives. They were just walking and talking when they were joined by another man who asked what they were talking about. They told him of their loss and their disappointment that Jesus was gone. They had lost their faith and were walking in a fog because things didn’t go as they had expected. The new walker told them stories about the coming of the Messiah and what scripture said about him. And still they could not see, because they were not open to see, that the man walking and talking to them was in fact the risen Jesus. When they weren’t even looking; God showed up. A simple act of breaking bread opened their eyes to the truth and they realized that all along Jesus had been walking with them. Even when they weren’t looking, he was there. Ever have that happen on your walk?
Let your walk be an adventure of self-examination and awareness. Don’t try too hard on your walk to have the great breakthrough. Just be in the moment, enjoy the surroundings, and let God speak to you when you are ready to hear. And maybe in the midst of that walking, alone or with another, you too will discover a calling that God has placed on your heart. Take time to sit with it and to let it blossom in your very inner soul until it you feel ready to run into action. And even then…walk forward, a step at a time, pacing yourself for a journey that could be life-changing and maybe even life-giving.
Even if you don’t have that revelation for self, keep walking. And when you do receive that vision, keep walking and listening. Let it become what it needs to become for you in your life. Walk on my friends – walk on!!
Olie the Beagle and I were up and out this morning before sunrise. His mommy was off to work so we walked out into the brisk morning air with her.
I forgot how incredible early mornings can be. They have a different sort of quite to them. It is a quiet waiting for noise to break out!
In the distance I could hear the rush of cars on the highway as folks begin their busy days. It almost sounded like the rhythm of the ocean when I awake at the beach. Funny how we can let any noise have a positive impact if we let it!
And the sky. I couldn’t capture the full image but looking up there was a sliver of the moon lingering in the morning light. A perfect time to reflect on yesterday and consider the options for today. A sense of peace that we can start fresh each day.
What a gift morning can be. I encourage you to get up early if that isn’t your normal routine. Watch the sun break through the night shadows and sit still in quiet. Breathe in the sights and sounds around you. Reflect on yesterday and what you can do better today. Invite God to walk with you and the Holy Spirit to guide you in a purposeful way as you step into the day.
No matter where you live and what your schedule looks like, there is something for each of us if we are willing to look. Even among the high rises or new construction, we can find God’s gift of beauty in this place we call home. Have a wonderful day and don’t forget to find that beauty as you walk through your day!