Sometimes a real-life example helps to get a point across. So, I will reveal a part of my life that I rarely speak about – not that I ashamed of it, but because I’d rather not draw attention to myself.
I was born with a mild case of cerebral palsy (CP). Walking in a normal fashion has always been difficult for me and abnormal to the observer. As a kid in elementary school, I went through years of therapy to improve my walking skills. For most of my adult life, this condition never hindered me from keeping up with other people, hiking and doing many other activities we love.
As I have gotten older, arthritis joins CP to make it increasingly difficult to walk or stand for any length of time without pain. At the same time, my determination drives me on to do my best, believing that God made me according to His perfect design and plan.
This condition makes me think of the CRITICAL NECESSITY to walk spiritually so we “keep in step with the Spirit” (Galatians 5:25). Physical walking comes naturally to almost all peoplesbut walking in the Spirit requires that we have on-going communion with Him (2 Corinthians 13:14) so we are taught how to walk in a “manner…worthy of the gospel of Christ” (Philippians 1:27).
Are you intentional about your spiritual walk or do you let weakness and existing conditions hinder from a vital walk with the Spirit?
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