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Friday, January 18, 2008

Walking the Walk

To know and not to do is really not to know.
-Steven Covey

I have a mind that plays tricks on me. I can, and often do, think myself into believing that I did something when I really didn't. For example, our aunt and uncle travel extensively and will usually send packages for the kids from wherever they happen to be at the time. They'll be kind enough to email or call and tell us that the package is on the way, and I will file it away in my mom-cabinet (you know, the place where all of those little details go so you can retrieve them again at a moment's notice) so I know to be on the lookout. I will think to myself, "As soon as the package arrives, I need to send a quick email to let them know it got here safely." I will think this many times before it even makes it to our doorstep and so by the time it does arrive, I feel as if I've already sent the email! I then go about my business until a week or so later when my aunt calls to make sure we got the package and I honestly answer, "I could have sworn I emailed you!"

This kind of thing happens more often than I'd like to admit...

I can get into the same trouble with my Christian walk. You know that phrase, "If you can't walk the walk, don't talk the talk"? Well, I sometimes am guilty of talking the walk instead of walking it. I tell my children to do things a certain way, I share devotions and discussions at my rehearsals and Bible studies at the church, when asked to pray out loud I've had enough practice to know just what to say. Overall, I can sound really good, and at times even have myself convinced. But I'm still a long way from where I'd like to be in my spiritual maturity level. Knowing isn't nearly as active of a verb as doing as the quote above reminds us.

Reading through Genesis this past couple of weeks ('cause you know, when January 1st rolls around, those programs for reading through the Bible in one year sound really enticing) I came upon what seemed to be a very dry passage listing the people in Adam's lineage. Seth...Enosh...Kenan... Each paragraph gives the lifespan of the ancestor, mentions that they had a bunch of kids, and ends with, "...and then he died". All except one:
And after he became the father of Methuselah, Enoch walked with God 300 years and had other sons and daughters. Altogether Enoch lived 365 years. Enoch walked with God; then he was no more, because God took him away.

Enoch didn't just live, he walked with God. Not in front of him, as I often try to do; not behind him, dragging his feet. But with him. There was obviously something special in that relationship, something that set it apart from the other men in that list. Enoch walked the walk. And God took notice and "took him away" after a long and fruitful life.

I have found myself thinking about Enoch a lot lately. What did that walk look like in practice? I wonder. What were his day to day activities? How did he raise his family? How did he get from thinking and talking about God to actually having a genuine path through his life with two distinct sets of footprints, side by side? Oh, to be a bystander, back in Enoch's day! How did he do it?

What this simple passage shows me is that the exact how isn't all that important, and probably looks quite different for each of us. He wants relationship with us, his sinful children, warts and all. He wants us to say, "Wait up! I'm coming with you!" or "Slow down a bit so I can catch up!" He wants our hand in his, through the good and bad. Knowing isn't enough. The relationship is about the doing. Enjoying day to day chats with God, humbling ourselves (even minute by minute!) enough to ask forgiveness, and serving our brothers and sisters...could it be that simple? Enoch knew. He didn't just live life; he walked it.

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Blogger Denise said...

Wonderful post dear.

January 19, 2008 at 3:19 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

So very true!! doing is the key:) great post, thanks.

January 19, 2008 at 7:28 AM  
Blogger The Preacher's Wife said...

It's so interesting Enoch was your topic. This was my daughter's bedtime story from her bible a couple of nights ago and she was mesmerized by the fact that God just TOOK Enoch and that he never really died. I think she was worried at first it may happen to one of us. I had to assure her that her mother was most likely no where close in her relationship with God for Him just to take her home.

And that made me sad.

This is a wonderful way to start the day Christine...Thanks so much!



January 19, 2008 at 7:37 AM  
Blogger Mocha with Linda said...

"How did he get from thinking and talking about God to actually having a genuine path through his life with two distinct sets of footprints, side by side?"

Wow. This so resonated with me. Especially as one who cut my teeth on a church pew, it is so easy to be on automatic pilot.

Great, great words to ponder!


January 19, 2008 at 9:16 AM  
Blogger Monica said...

Thank you so much. The story of Enoch facinates me because of the obvious CLOSE relationship he shared with God. I do sometimes with that I knew more about him and his life. You are right that the actual day to day living in a relationship with God probably looks different for each of us.

January 19, 2008 at 9:27 AM  
Blogger Cheryl said...

What an inspiring devotion! Thank you!!!

January 19, 2008 at 2:02 PM  
Blogger lori said...

We spent a lot of time in Genesis 2 years ago and they STILL remember Enoch...
talking the walk...ahhhhh yeah....guilty too, I'm afraid...
It's all about the doing!!

Christine, it's so nice to see you over here!:)

WALKING the WALK!:) the reminder does us good!!

January 19, 2008 at 4:05 PM  
Anonymous Mommy-fied said...

Knowing and doing are not the same. It's a good jolt for me to wake up from my slumber. The year started with some changes and I've been "busy" trying to get into a new groove but have "overlooked" my walk. I've talked to God here and there but I need to sit at his feet, listen and really commune with Him.

Tks for a great dose of inspiration!

January 19, 2008 at 7:05 PM  
Blogger Darnelle said...

Enoch has intrigued me for a long time. He walked with God . . . and then God took him away! Incredible! What in the world DID his walk with God look like anyway? Seriously! Really makes you think.

January 19, 2008 at 8:52 PM  
Anonymous Loni said...

Thank you for sharing. It sure does encourage us to look at our walk with God. :)

January 19, 2008 at 10:46 PM  
Blogger Praise and Coffee said...

Beautiful post Christine.
I love the thought of walking with Him day by day and chatting with Him too.

Thanks so much!

January 20, 2008 at 8:04 PM  
Blogger Cheryl said...

I am also reading in Genesis. I am trying to start this year out with the 365 day Bible. I came across that verse this week. Your post was really good today and I can relate to it because Enoch is still fresh on my mind. Thanks! Great Post!

January 20, 2008 at 9:48 PM  
Blogger Lynn said...

Hi Christine,

Enoch walked with God; then he was no more, because God took him away. I love that you picked this scripture verse. The tiny seemingly insignificant verses sometimes speak the loudest to me.

This really touched my heart. Well done. Much to consider here. Thank you.

January 21, 2008 at 5:05 PM  
Blogger -TNChick- said...

Very encouraging. I want to walk the walk more and more... I mean really walk the walk. I am... but always find myself asking myself - am I doing it right? Then, I pray... and it comes to me that there is no right way - it just has to be done...

January 22, 2008 at 11:26 PM  

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