Monday, May 23, 2016

Trade Offs and Choices

“Who, then, are those who fear the Lord? He will instruct them in the ways they should choose.” –Psalm 25:12

I can only remember two or three times in Lexi’s first three years when I didn’t walk her in the morning. Once I had a bad headache. I put her on a cord outside but didn’t take her around the neighborhood. A few times the snow was too deep to walk. Otherwise—day after day for thirty-six months—I was out with the dog before 7:30 a.m. Then I signed up for Boot Camp. This Boot Camp was an intensive two-week fitness program. It met at 6:00 a.m. and ended at 7:00. I had just enough time to go home and eat breakfast before I had to take the kids to school. I did not have enough time to walk Lexi. I traded Lexi’s morning walk for a regime that benefitted me. I decided it was okay to skip Lexi’s morning walk because we still walked at lunchtime and in the afternoon. Plus my husband walked her before bedtime. So I took Lexi out to potty on those mornings, but that was all. Sometimes we make a cursory gesture of faith, but that’s all. We feel we don’t have time to walk with God. But do we benefit when we trade in our faith walk? How do we decide it’s okay to skip? What if we only walk with God half of the day? I couldn’t do Boot Camp and walk Lexi, but Christians shouldn’t do anything that isn’t walking with God.

Dear God, I confess that I trade in or skip my faith walk sometimes when I think there’s not enough time. Teach me the way I should choose so that everything I do is walking with you. Amen

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