Ways to Walk

One thing we can miss in our Bibles is all the walking they did. Did you know that the word walking or walked is mentioned over 200 times in the Bible? Yes, I think that is a Biblical argument for us to walk more : -).  It was at least a four-day journey for Jesus and his disciples to walk from Capernaum to Jerusalem. I’ve often wondered about all the conversations that happened along the way.

LET’S TALK…

This week’s blog is about walking. Here are four ways to walk…

  1. Walk with someone. My wife loves to walk. It is something we try to do on a regular basis. It is time together and time to talk. I’ve also tried to take a walk with someone who comes by the office. Talking business is more fun, if you are getting exercise at the same time.
  2. Walk to pray. Prayer walking is nothing new. Someone pointed out that we are to “pray without ceasing” (1 Thessalonians 5:17) and since we walk each day, praying without ceasing should include praying while walking. In Bend, our Ministerial Fellowship would prayer walk downtown. We prayed over people on the street, the businesses, the government, and even a strip club (which burnt down). There is something about being onsite when praying. You can “pray clearer when you pray nearer.”
  3. Walk for exercise. Research tells us that walking for even 30 minutes a day has great health benefits. Walking can lower your blood pressure, help you lose weight, and improve your digestion (see article).
  4. Walk to clear your mind. Walking is a stress-reliever. Like other exercise, it releases the body’s natural smiley drugs called endorphins and can alleviate mild depression. Walking also provides a new environment to think and reflect.
  5. Walk to get somewhere! We get into a car and go too easily. The other day my wife and I were walking to a store the first time. We asked a passerby about directions to the place and they commented how far it was. It surprised us to find out it wasn’t that far at all – about a mile. In Europe, and I suspect other countries as well, they are more willing to walk a few miles to get somewhere than we are.

BEFORE YOU GO…

Do you walk? What do you get out of it? I’d love to hear from you!

7 Comments Add yours

  1. Tom Hurt says:

    Roberta and I love to walk. We have walked for years and now try to get out every day. I agree with all the points you make in your blog but would add a bit to the comments about walking with someone. I read an article, actually a chapter in a book, that discussed the outcome of research on communication. It clearly related the fact that men communicate more readily and honestly when side-by-side rather than face-to-face. This has proven to be very helpful when Roberta and I need to talk about something difficult or important. I open up better when we are walking side-by-side. It even helps to be holding hands! For me, coming from many athletic situations as a child and young person, face-to-face encounters were generally some form of competition but side-by-side represented team mates. So, I encourage folks to take a walk together for that next important or difficult conversation and I believe it will help you have a more healthy conversation.

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  2. Jim Saemenes says:

    In addition to your ways, I walk to hunt or I hunt to walk not always sure which it is.

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  3. Lisa Blair says:

    Reblogged this on Daily Inspiration – Lisa's Thoughts and commented:
    Jesus walked, there were few other forms of transportation. This article is not talking about the convenience of getting from one point to another, become more like Christ, use it as a communication vehicle, use it as a meditation time, and yes, use it to get from point A to point B.

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  4. Tina says:

    I, too, have benefited a lot from walking alone and with others. In fact, when I experienced many months of plantar fasciitis, I missed walking very much. God has healed my feet. I’m very grateful I can walk without pain again. God used the inserts from the Goodfeet Store to help me overcome plantar fasciitis. Now I can again deepen friendships, talk things over with Jesus and admire God’s amazing creation while walking, walking, walking.

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  5. Maybe you could ask others to contact you about it. If you do that, I can post that?, okay?

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  6. Second thought, no problem. I posted your first one.

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