My beloved, eight- year old Huskie dog jumped a foot straight up from the floor and wagged her tail so fast it was a blur of tan and white fur. I had just said the four magical words. “Go for a walk!” Bella’s big, brown eyes gleamed at me with joy as I slid her leash over her fuzzy, wiggling body.
Bella never tired of going for walks, which made her a wonderful walking companion. I was ever so grateful for her spritely, joyful spirit. No matter the grey clouds, chilly temperatures, sunny, blue sky , Bella was always ready for a walk; and like her, I needed to learn to be spritely and happy about walking. I wouldn’t jump a foot in the air necessarily, but I needed to be more positive. Too often I just groaned and invented all kinds of excuses not to get the exercise that I seriously needed.
To lose weight had been a goal, as yet unaccomplished, for years. Most important though, I needed to look and feel my best to better be able to follow the path that Jesus had set for my life. I needed to rebuild my confidence. * Don’t make excuses, make good. Why couldn’t I be as happy to talk a walk like Bella?
The very day I resolved to exercise to lose weight, I ate a chunk of chocolate cake and six squares of rich fudge that someone had brought to work! My brain screamed failure! This would not do! **“You may delay, but time will not.” Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790)
Johann Goethe, a famous German writer (1749-1832), wrote - “Take care of your body with steadfast fidelity. The soul must see through these eyes alone, and if they are dim, the whole world is clouded.” I didn’t want to live a “cloudy” life! There’s no joy in that. More importantly though, the Bible tells us “ to love others as we love ourselves.” ( 1 John 3:18) How can I truly love others if I’m uncomfortable and miserable in my own skin?
I felt over-whelmed. But I told myself that time moves on no matter what so I’d better resolve this exercise thing! According to the cartoon character Calvin, of Calvin and Hobbes , “ Day by day, nothing seems to change, but
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pretty soon…everything’s different.” Time was passing. I wanted my feet firmly planted on Jesus’ Path.
Bella’s going to be really happy now. It’s going to take a lot of hard work and lots of prayer, but Bella and I will be walking every day.