I’ve been told I walk wrong. When I take a step, I step off on the ball of my foot instead of with my heel. Apparently, that isn’t the way walking should be done. So I now have foot problems. Bunions. Morton toe. And they hurt. They can disfigure a foot. And they cause problems with wearing shoes. If I wear shoes that I think look stylish, my feet are screaming by the end of the day. Oh. There are remedies. Surgery. Toe separators. Exercises. Orthopedics.
I stretch my toes with Yoga Toes. I use Yamuna balls for a foot workout. I get foot massages. These things help my feet. I can feel the difference afterwards. But I’m looking for long-term relief. I want relief from the pain I feel from wearing certain shoe styles.
I’m told there is a correct way to walk and an incorrect way to walk. I try walking the correct way. It takes deliberate concentration to walk just right. With each step, I have to think about how I’m stepping. Some days I do my best to walk correctly. Heel first. Roll to the outside edge of the foot. Then roll from the pinkie toe to the big toe. That’s what I’m told. It is less pain. My feet feel better when I walk like that. But it takes concentration. And there are days that I don’t feel like concentrating on how I walk.
I find it’s easy to slip into the habit of walking in the old way. The incorrect way. It shows, too. After I’ve walked incorrectly for awhile, my feet don’t feel good. The ball of my foot hurts. The muscles feel tight. The bunion aches.
I saw a new massage therapist. As he worked on my feet, he noticed the problem immediately. He could sense the tightness and soreness. He applied pressure in tight areas. He worked to ease the discomfort. The momentary pressure brought great relief that will last longer than any discomfort I had been feeling. Oh. How good it felt to be able to stretch my feet without the tightness.
I’ve probably been walking this way since I learned to walk. It’s a natural walk for me. After all these years, it’s hard to re-learn to walk. After all, I didn’t know I was walking incorrectly. So when I try to walk the correct way, I have to think through each step of the process. That certainly slows down the walking. But I’ve noticed that the discomfort and pain are lessened if I walk the right way. Maybe there is something to this new way of walking, after all.
But if we walk in the light, as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus his Son, purifies us from all sin. 1 John 1:7
I think of the one who has recently made the decision to walk with Christ. They asked God to forgive them of their sins. They’re starting over. They’re walking in Christ’s footsteps now. They need to learn a new way of walking in this world.
Oh. There will missteps. There will be pitfalls. There will be tests. There will be trials. and there will be temptations. Temptations to walk in the old way. The way not of Christ. Old habits die hard. Tempers flare. Words are said. Attitudes are set. Behaviors once thought conquered may reappear.
The new walk may sometimes be painful. Learning to walk in the footsteps of Christ can be invigorating. humbling. empowering. peaceful. forgiving. This walk is not impossible. But it won’t be a perfect step. This new walk is a walk of obedience.
The thing is. This new walk is not meant to be a walk of solitude. It’s meant to be a walk in step with others. It’s a walk with those who have walked those first baby steps of faith. It’s a walk of companionship. Camaraderie. Fellowship. A walk with fellow believers. A walk with someone who can disciple and mentor a new believer along the path of faith. This walk can’t be walked alone.