In the Christian race… gotta watch your step!

trail runner fallingI’m a runner… been doing it for a lot of years… just LOVE trail running! But I’ve taken my share of spills and gotten up with skinned knees, scraped hands, bruised elbows and blood running down my leg (and just a little embarrassment) … fortunately I’ve never broken a bone. Believe me, I know the meaning of “watch your step!”
What caused my spills? A crack in the sidewalk, the root of a tree exposed on the trail, a distraction somewhere along the way, and just a week ago a loud motorcycle that caught my attention instead what was on the trail… Anyone that is a runner knows what I’m talking about.
I think Apostle Paul may have had some “spiritual spills” in mind when he urged fellow Christians, “Look carefully then how you walk!” (Ephesians 5:15) In other words in your journey, whether you’re “walking by faith” or “running the race with patience” – “Watch your step!”
I was remind of the importance of this during my Bible reading this morning during “Coffee with the Lord” when I read these words…
“Hear, my son, and accept my words… I have taught you the way of wisdom; I have led you in the paths of uprightness! When you walk, your step will not be hampered, and if you run, you will not stumble… Do not enter the path of the wicked, and do not walk in the way of evil! Avoid it; do not go on it; turn away from it and pass on! … But the path of the righteous is like the light of dawn, which shines brighter and brighter until full day. The way of the wicked is like deep darkness; they do not know over what they stumble… Let your eyes look directly forward, and your gaze be straight before you. Ponder the path of your feet; then all your ways will be sure. Do not swerve to the right or to the left; turn your foot away from evil!” (From Proverbs 4:10-27)
Oh, and if you stumble and fall? Get back up, dust yourself off (confessing your sin), and continue to “run the race with patience looking to Jesus!” (Hebrews 12:1-2)

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