Recently, I received a new shoe - just one. The nurse who applied it to my right foot after surgery advised me that I had to wear it all the time - yes 24/7.
Hospital discharge instructions permitted me to walk on the heel of my new shoe.
One stark problem emerged: the sharp pain from placing weight even just on the heel sent me reeling backwards onto my bed!
Well, I find it amusing that an Aha! occurred in my inert position on the bed:
We learn to walk by taking small steps
I progressed from one stage of recovery to another by taking baby steps - literally! Strengthening my physical walk parallels strengthening my spiritual walk.
We often refer to the Christian life as walking by faith.
Small steps to walking by faith include:
- celebrating incremental progress, e.g., finding a grace gift in the middle of a messy moment or tough days
- practicing faithfulness in disciplines of worship, prayer, Scripture reading, service, and simplicity
- growing in love - the vehicle through which faith works: receiving the love of God enables us to love
For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision nor uncircumcision counts for anything, but only faith working through love. Galatians 5:6 ESV
Please pray with me to remember this truth as I hesitantly take small steps in my physical recovery...
Take a moment to join the Faith Barista Jam and serve your cup of small acts of faith.