Sunday’s gone and Monday’s getting there.  Would you say you walked with God today?  I was on a few planes today, so I had a chance to bring up a few people to God I’ve wanted to pray for, but I feel I could have used more of that air time, maybe not so much walking, but flying with him.  Take a few seconds to hum a few bars of “I’ll Fly Away.”  I couldn’t help myself, so why should you? 

In the family of God where I belong, we’ve been exploring the life lived “by faith.”  We’re unpacking Hebrews chapter 11 and bouncing back to Genesis and other places in the Bible that give the rich detail about the men and women that the chapter describes as living by faith.  Have you ever looked into a man named Enoch?  He’s a bit of a mystery man, but one thing we know is God didn’t let him die.  He took him to be with him with out having to experience death.  That got your attention, right?

One thing that is repeated about Enoch in Genesis chapter 5, the Enoch bit begins in verse 18, is that he “walked with God.  If you want to hear the message where we talk in more detail about this, it’s called “This Faith was Made for Walking.”

So in hopes to imitate some of Enoch’s faith, my church family and I were brainstorming the other day about what we’ve learned through the Bible and our collective experiences about walking with God.  What was shared was encouraging.

One brother started the sharing of ideas by describing preparing for a marathon.  It begins with a plan, running shorter distances at first.  There are times when you stretch yourself to run greater distances dove-tailed with times of rest.  You don’t run the entire marathon’s distance until that time comes.  All the distances you’ve run before prepare you for the big race.  The proper diet is important, along with a healthy understanding of your limitations, coupled with the desire to reach for more.  I’m not even trying to be spiritual; I’m just describing the preparation for the long run he shared.  Try checking out someone talking about getting ready and see if there’s something there for you.  I found one description here.

Some other ideas people shared that got me thinking about my walk were 

  • Reading a book that stretches your mind about God’s creation.  This man mentioned Stephen Hawking’s “A Brief History of Time.”
  • Taking small bites.  Taking a small peace of scripture or a concept and parking on it until God reveals something about it to you.  I find taking scripture in bites instead of bits.  Reading a whole book or chapter and trying to see the big picture can help me as well.
  • A sister shared the decision, with God’s help, to simply “never give up.”  This decision had given her the ability to walk with God no matter the circumstances, whether she was feeling like walking or discouraged and wanting to stop her walk.  This was said by a woman who doctors had told they had done all they could for her cancer more than twelve years ago.  Her decision to never give up keeps her walking no matter the circumstances.  Her walk is not based on her feelings that day but on her commitment.
  • One woman shared a practical tip of keeping a prayer list.  This is one, I think is worth imitating.  How often does someone ask you to pray for them, you tell them I’ll pray for you, and it goes right out of your mind?  A list that you take on your walk with God where you share the people and situations you want to bring before God, may sound like a no brainer, but are you doing it?  I need to be better at this and keep the list with me more.
  • Sharing the walk with other people.  This started a great conversation.  Some focused on how it’s great to get encouragement and accountability from other Christians to invest in their relationship with God.  Others brought up how sharing it with someone who has little to no relationship with God helps them to feel closer to God.  Both sounds right to me.  For the record, putting these thoughts down here, I’m finding helps me to prioritize my walk.
  • Scheduling time with God.  This one is another no-brainer that is easier said than done.  If I look at my relationship with my wife, our time together doesn’t happen automatically.  Why should it be different with God?  Do you know when you’re going, in your day, to take time to walk with him?  Sure we can squeeze in “hi’s and buy’s,” without planning.  But a walk takes time.  When is your time with God?  IS that something you prioritize? 

 

One final thing, which surprised me, is the use of pictures.  Some people said they put pictures of people they wanted to pray for on their prayer lists.  Others said they used their Facebook photos or friend lists.  High tech, huh?  Still others said they had created books of the aspirational things they wanted to pray for.  Taking pictures from magazines or where ever to visualize and share things with God.  Examples I heard were marriage, pictures of wedding dresses, children, etc.  I thought these were really cool ideas.  If you know you’re a visual person there might be something there for you. 

I was encouraged by the ideas people shared in a short amount of time.  I think there are a few new routes I want to try while walking with God in the coming weeks.

While writing this, I saw a great resource Tim Challies posted at his blog.  It was a “prayer manual” with 1600 scriptures and promises from the Bible you can use in your walk.  I encourage you to take a look at this resource written by Tim Kerr, a pastor from Canada.  The analogy was made of a child reminding his father that he promised to take them to the zoo, and we can remind God of his promises too.  I think I like that.  The post is Take Words with You.

Now, let’s talk about your walk.  Shall we?

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