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Topic: Paths (05/17/04)

TITLE: Walking My Path
By Karie Hobson


Everyone has a path to walk. I particularly did not want to walk mine. I had made choices out of foolishness, ignorance, and pride. I was high in the mountains of difficulty. When I accepted God’s forgiveness, I thought I would receive a new path. He never promised that. I received new life, and the same path. Now, I have heard of others who have been given a whole new set of compass readings and the makings for both smores and hot cocoa. I have not actually met them, but I can believe it; for with God all things are possible. My provisions included a brand new pair of hiking boots. I was going to be in those mountains for quite some time. I had been given a Guide that I chose not to follow. I didn’t see the point. One more trip around the mountain? I could do that in my sleep. I had a lot of pride to “walk off”.

I thank God that He didn’t reveal to me at that time how long I would actually wander in those mountains. I had lived in mountains my whole life. The difference was that I was now expected and empowered to live in a whole new manner. Now, I didn’t say a whole new place. I have noticed that many times when the gospel is presented; it is more like a gos-pill. Take one and your whole life will be perfect. I have never seen that.

I have a pastor who always encourages us with these words, “Everyone is a ten somewhere.” In this he means that everyone is gifted uniquely and we need to find that place and fulfill our purpose. I translate it to “We all need to walk the path set before us.” God’s gift to me was hiking boots. He didn’t expect me to be a ballet dancer. He wants me to use the gifts that I have to do the work He’s given me. In the beginning, I felt ashamed of the places my walk had taken me, of the experiences, of the pain. Now, I thank God that He was able to take the difficulties and turn them into bridges for others to navigate over. What I have learned through this walk is simple. Christ went down the path before me. Others will travel this path after me. I can choose to stay on the path as a guide through the rough spots, wander around aimlessly, or sit in the middle of the path and make it difficult for others to get through. I choose to walk.

Like the song says:
I will walk the path
I’ll run the race,
And I will never be the same again......

Member Comments
Member Date
B Price05/24/04
enjoyed this.
liked the phrase:
"“Everyone is a ten somewhere" one that I will remember.
gos-pill? a new word (lol)
I like that song too.
Lynne Gaunt05/25/04
I really, really liked your article. I just love the line about new compass readings and the makings for s'mores and cocoa. Great job employing the hiking theme (compass, guide, boots, bridges...). Nice work.
Melanie Kerr 05/26/04
"a gos-pill. Take one and your whole life will be perfect" - not my own experience either. The last few lines contain a good message we should all learn.
L.M. Lee05/26/04
Everyone is a ten somewhere what great advice! staying in our lane and not trying to walk in someone else's path we'd be a lot happier.
Leticia Caroccio05/27/04
"God's gift to me was hiking boots. He didn't expect me to be a ballet dancer". I loved this line.

How true. To each one of us God gave certain gifts. We are to be responsible for that gift He gave us, not to be responsible for the gifts He gave someone else. This also showcases our uniqueness in Him.

I really enjoyed your article.
Deborah Porter 05/28/04
Ooo Karie, "gos-pill"! I loved it. Very wise pastor too, with the "ten" comment. I'll remember that when I'm mentoring or encouraging someone in the future. How true! Good message and a good contribution to the challenge. With love, Deb

Jan Grupido05/29/04
"I had a lot of pride to walk off." ...."gos-pill...." so many more wonderful descriptives. The language in this piece engages the reader from the very start...great job and so wise to remember God takes us as individuals....thank you
christopher acheson08/09/08
There is so much in your article that just about anyone who has come to a faith in Christ
can relate to. Like you, I'm glad He hasn't shown me everything I need to go through by trusting him and walking on His path, but I'm sure glad He didn't just stand by and let me chart my own life's path out- I'd hate to think of where I might be now! An insightful, highly readable, and good- humored article Karie!