Each of us is unique. As children grow and refine their belief in God, they need to think about what that uniqueness means to how they will live out their faith. As they do this, they will develop their own distinctive walk.
Read Timothy 1:7
This story is about a particular person I know, but you can choose someone you admired instead to make the story more personal.
My grade school principal had a very distinctive walk. She used to wear low heeled, sturdy pumps that made noise every time she walked down the hall. I can still hear it now, click, click, click, click, click, click-tee, click, clack. If you were doing something you shouldn’t be doing, it made a chill run down your spine and you stopped whatever it was in a hurry! She was a stern woman sometimes, but fair. She loved every student in the building as if they were her own children. She showed that in lots of ways.
She remembered everyone’s name and often important things like when their birthday was or what type of activity they liked to do. She always asked about you, when she was talking to you. She never talked about herself. She rewarded hard work and stuck up for kids who got pushed around. When the cheerleaders needed new uniforms and the budget was too tight to get some, she bought fabric and made them herself. They looked great too. Way better than the old ones. Her caring for children was part of what defined her distinctive walk.
Each of us is walking through life, making decisions about how we will act, and what activities we will spend time on; who we hang out with, and how we express ourselves. Other people see us making this walk and it defines us. As Christians, we don’t take this walk by ourselves. We constantly seek Jesus’ guidance and try to be like He was. No two people do that in the same way, though.
I have one friend who a few times a year, fasts and prays to focus his intentions on God’s will for his life. Another friend of mine gets close to God through her music. I have another friend who is a tremendous cook and he uses his barbecue business to reach out to others and sponsor fundraisers. There are lots of ways to take your Christian walk.
There is no one right way, but God doesn’t want us to be timid about it. In 2 Timothy 1:7 says “For the spirit God gave us does not makes timid, but gives us power, love and self-discipline.” Twenty years from now, what do you want people to say about you and how you lived your life? Find what you are passionate about and then make it part of your faith walk.
Lord, we are grateful that you walk with us each day as we grow and learn. Help us to decide what will be distinctive about our walk and how we will define ourselves to others. In your name we pray. Amen.