I love music. I love dancing. Exercise is something I am trying to love. And doing something as a group almost always qualifies as a party in my book. So when my little sister invited me to her Turbo Workout class I went with high hopes of a great time.
I did have a great time, just not the same great time that everyone else was having. Before I could figure out each new move, the group had moved their move to a new move. I never caught up or caught on so I avoided looking in the mirror, gave up after the first session, and took my sweaty self over to my comfort zone…the treadmill. Because walking is just doing the same thing over and over and over. I can handle that.
“You were taught, with regard to your former way of life, to put off your old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires; to be made new in the attitude of your minds; and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness.” Ephesians 4: 22-24
Two steps. Put off the old. Put on the new. Put off the old. Put on the new. Over and over and over.
Verse 25. Put off falsehood. Put on truth
Verse 26. Put off anger. Put on self control.
Verse 28. Put off stealing. Put on work.
Verse 29. Put off useless words, rotten words. Put on edifying speech.
Verse 31. Put off bitterness, rage, anger, brawling, slander, malice.
Put on kindness, compassion, forgiveness.
We take two steps…right, left…over and over…right, left, right, left, right, left. Two steps taken over and over become more than two steps. Two steps taken over and over become a walk.
“Follow God’s example, therefore, as dearly loved children and walk in the way of love.” Ephesians 5: 1-2
Walking. It is not as complicated as a Turbo Workout. It is not as involved as Zumba Fitness. It is not as intense as Extreme. It does not push like Cross Fit. It is two simple steps that when repeated become a walk, and a walk becomes a life.
So that life of following the Lord, following God’s example? You can do it!! It’s within walking distance.
Part 16 of “Echoes of Encouragement from Ephesians.” See Also: Asking the Right Questions