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The Joy of Walking

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As I sit and write this early on a summer morning, I see several people run by our house. I’ve never enjoyed running myself, although many do, but I do very much enjoy walking. Between walking Clara, our two-year-old Alaskan Malamute, a few times daily, and my own afternoon walk, I try to get at least 5 miles of walking in each day, weather permitting.
I occasionally enjoy walking with friends and having good conversation. I miss walking with my friend Neil, who I walked about 6 miles with on a trail in town over a two-hour period on Wednesday mornings for a few years after I retired. I miss talking to my Dad on the phone on my afternoon walks, and still think of him as I pass the place early on my regular route where I asked him through tears, on perhaps our last phone call, if he was looking forward to seeing Jesus. I wanted to be sure. He was.
I enjoy walking with Clara through our neighborhoods and running into old and new friends, one in particular who took an early liking to Clara (who always has a supply of Greenies with her), and the feeling is certainly mutual. I enjoy walking in the park across the street from our home, marveling in God’s creation as I watch people playing disc golf.
I want to share three brief thoughts about my purpose in walking:

Health – In addition to getting Clara some exercise as we walk (a tired dog is a good dog!), I look forward to the exercise I get by walking. Again, I strive to walk 5 miles a day. I track my progress (daily, weekly, monthly and year-to-date), on the health app on my phone. If the weather is such that if I can’t walk, I have the option of using our exercise bike, on which I can do my daily devotional reading while I bike.

Growth – My afternoon walk is almost always on a route just over 2 miles in length that I complete in 38 minutes, so it’s not a big-time commitment. I listen to a sermon or conference message for the first half of the walk, usually using the Ligonier Ministries app.

Prayer – The last part of my walk is devoted to prayer. I use the ACTS model:
A – Adoration
C – Confession
T – Thanksgiving
S – Supplication

I love to pray while walking in God’s beautiful creation.
Are you a runner or do you enjoy walking more? Either way, you can grow and pray as you exercise.

Author: Bill Pence

I’m Bill Pence – married to my best friend Tammy, a graduate of Covenant Seminary, St. Louis Cardinals fan, formerly a manager at a Fortune 50 organization, and in leadership at my local church. I am a life-long learner and have a passion to help people develop, and to use their strengths to their fullest potential. I am an INTJ on Myers-Briggs, 3 on the Enneagram, my top five Strengthsfinder themes are: Belief, Responsibility, Learner, Harmony, and Achiever, and my two StandOut strength roles are Creator and Equalizer. My favorite book is the Bible, with Romans my favorite book of the Bible, and Colossians 3:23 and 2 Corinthians 5:21 being my favorite verses. Some of my other favorite books are The Holiness of God and Chosen by God by R.C. Sproul, and Don’t Waste Your Life by John Piper. I enjoy music in a variety of genres, including modern hymns, Christian hip-hop and classic rock. My book Called to Lead: Living and Leading for Jesus in the Workplace and Tammy’s book Study, Savor and Share Scripture: Becoming What We Behold are available in paperback and Kindle editions on Amazon.

One thought on “The Joy of Walking

  1. Admiring your dedication, Bill

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