“Our people must learn to devote themselves to doing what is good….” –Titus 3:14a
It takes time and patience to teach most dogs to walk at the end of a leash. Meanwhile, the dog needs to get daily exercise. If your dog is a puppy, it will probably get enough exercise tumbling around the house or yard. If you have a private, fenced-in yard, you can turn the dog loose. (Be mindful, however, that dogs don’t play well by themselves. They will get more real exercise if a person or another dog interacts with them: playing fetch, playing tug-of-war, chasing, or wrestling.) We live in a townhouse in the city. We don’t have a private, fenced-in yard. We had to walk Lexi for exercise even while she was still learning to walk. I dreaded those twice-daily walks. Lexi strained at the lead, she lunged and barked at passersby, she chewed the leash, she jumped on me, she growled at my feet. We could hardly get around the block. I was even reduced to tears a few times. I couldn’t walk Lexi, but I couldn’t not walk her, either. Likewise, we humans have to learn to walk with God while at the same time we need to exercise our faith. We can’t wait to love, serve, and worship until we’re perfect. The world needs us to be doing good right now, undisciplined, headstrong, and insecure though we may be. We can’t not walk in faith, even if we don’t quite know how. God will teach us as we walk: “I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go” (Psalm 32:8).
Dear God, Teach me to exercise my faith even while I’m learning to walk with you. Amen