Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Walking from Jerusalem to Damascus, Day 1

The struggle for me is not the first or even the second day, it is the 10th or the 15th day. The fascinating things about this walking is that the whole time i was walking (except when I wanted to stop walking) I was thinking about living in Jesus' time, walking everywhere. It reminded me of when I first went to Ireland. At that time very few people in Dublin had cars. People rode bikes or walked or rode the rapid transit everywhere. There were no school buses, no 3rd cars, or even 1st cars. 

It was hard for me coming from California where you hardly walk to your next door neighbors. In any event during this first walk I tried to put myself in the first century, fighting against the "norm" for what I believe, for the Christ I saw. Returning week after week to the temple, preaching the gospel, being thrown in jail by the same lot that took out Jesus. How brave they were Peter, James, John, and Paul. 

Your body may be the temple, but mine fights against every good thing I try to do for it. And so today it fought and I fought back, not by pushing back, but by using as my mantra those wonderful words from Isaiah 

..... but those who hope in the Lord

    he will renew their strength.
They will soar on wings like eagles;
    they will run and not grow weary
    they will walk and not be faint.


More tomorrow.

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Starting the Christ Walk tomorrow. If you want to know more check out the book: Christ Walk, by Ann Courie. The real question is are you willing to spend 2,000, 4,000, 5000, 10,000, 20,000 steps walking with Jesus or Paul or the Israelites as they walked to the promise land -- every day for 40 days. You know short of a donkey or the occasional camel, they walked everywhere. How transformative would this daily walk be in your life. (Its not just walking either, it is the time folks - one mile = 15 minutes. If you can't walk, pray or meditate for 15 minutes, if you run, run; if you bicycle, bicycle. Whatever discipline you choose for the 40 days (excluding Sundays) from tomorrow until April 5.