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