Years ago, Tiffany had to learn to walk after surgery on her leg. The physical therapist started the walking lessons in a pool to make it easier, with less weight on the leg. Even so. It was not only painful, but hard to do. Tiffany stopped after each step to look down to see if her leg had done what it was supposed to do. For some reason, there was a disconnection between her brain and leg; she could not feel the leg move, so, she would look down. She barely moved each time. We were all frustrated with the lack of progress.
After a few sessions, the physical therapist figured out what Tiffany needed to do in order to walk. She said:
Stop looking down, look forward, and you will walk well.
It changed everything. Tiffany learned to walk well. I’ve thought about the statement throughout the years. It speaks to the healthy way to manage the stuff that comes our way, to move through the day, and ultimately how to live. Yet. There are times when it’s difficult to take even one step forward, when we’re unsure of our ability to press on, when we find ourselves disconnected from our faith, when it all seems impossible. The Apostle Paul explained the “how-to” in the midst of the stuff of life:
No, dear brothers and sisters,
I have not achieved it,
but I focus on this one thing:
Forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead,
I press on to reach the end of the race
and receive the heavenly prize for which God,
through Christ Jesus, is calling us.(Philippians 3:13-14, NLT)
One of the keys to living well, is to know how we live is our responsibility, regardless of our circumstances. It’s a choice whether or not we look forward, refusing to look down at our circumstances, pressing on through the power of God, determined to finish the race strong. The stuff of life does not need to stop us, unless we allow it. Yes. It’s a learning process . . . but . . . we are created and called to press on, looking forward to all God has planned.
I’ve seen and experienced the difference when the choice is made to:
- STOP looking down.
- LOOK forward.
- WALK well.
- And . . . ENJOY the journey.
Learning to Kickstart the day looking forward and walking well,
(Written by Kerrie Carlisle Palmer © 2012 ALL RIGHTS RESERVED)