Stop to find treasures on Christian walk

Published 9:28pm Tuesday, July 15, 2014

I’ve been looking for a new walking route since our recent move.

One issue is a busy state highway in front of the house.

One must be careful in navigating the highway since there’s no pedestrian cross-over. After dodging morning traffic and crossing the street, there are several nice neighborhoods affording good places to walk.

Walking is a good time to think, to see new things and to listen to talk radio on the iPod.

Another habit I have is picking up treasures along the way.

Some of my pick-ups aren’t treasures, but trash, and I’m happy to deposit these in someone’s garbage receptacle as a public service.

On a recent morning, I found 21 cents in coins and a nail, three screws and a drill bit.

The money did not make me rich, but I was pleased that I may have saved a neighbor from a flat tire due to the hardware in the street.

I thought about an old King James Version word in the New Testament: “circumspectly.”

The Apostle Paul used the word in Ephesians 5:15 when he exhorted his readers to be wise and not foolish.

The root meaning of “circumspectly” is to be watchful like a soldier on patrol.

A soldier doesn’t stroll leisurely through enemy territory where dangers abound, but he walks carefully with eyes gazing in every direction.

A soldier who’s not alert is in danger of the enemy’s trap.

On the Christian walk, we should be careful to take in everything.

Sometimes we find treasures. As retired Southern Baptist pastor John Bisagno used to exhort ministers, “Walk slowly through the crowds.”

Everyone is important, and we shouldn’t be in such a hurry that we overlook the smallest child.

Wise parents do this when they pause in their work to compliment children on their contribution.

“You’re such a good helper,” I’ve heard some say.

The effect on a child’s self-esteem is a treasure.

We should walk slowly enough to see people in need of a kind word or an outstretched hand.

But the Christian walk also contains danger.

All around are fallen soldiers–lapsed believers who thought they were too strong or too committed to fall into the enemy’s trap.

Scripture is filled with stories of those who fell away from faith. These stories are recorded for our example.

Our humanity is stronger than we often think, and we must make the best choices so that we don’t place ourselves in areas of potential compromise.

The refrain of an old hymn encourages us to “walk with the Lord in the light of his word” and to “trust and obey.”

Good counsel.

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