Years ago as a young Christian, I was blessed to work for a man who was not only a wonderful boss but a man who understood what it meant to be a mentor to other Christian men. While we didn't work in the same geographic location, we spoke often on the phone and would see each other at least once a month. Somewhere in the course of each phone call - or during our monthly meetings - he would simply ask me "how's your walk?"
At first, I didn't understand the question.
Was he asking about my health habits?
My workout routine?
When I would struggle to understand what I needed to do to move business forward, he'd ask "how's your walk lately?"
When I was stuck on how to manage my team better or he could hear the frustration and impatience in my voice, he'd ask "how's your walk been?"
While I've never professed to be the sharpest knife in the drawer, it only took a couple of times for me to finally ask "what do you mean?"
To which he answered, "your quiet time? Your time with your Father? How's your bible study and prayer time?"
The first time we had that conversation, I was quickly frustrated and asked, "what does that have to do with anything?" He quickly responded:
"John, do you think God knows about the challenges you're having with your clients?"
"Do you think he knows about the frustrations your team is causing you?"
"Do you think God will help guide your steps if you let him guide your mind through his word?"
I'm still struck by those simple notions almost 20 years later. And my answer today is the same as it was two decades ago - yes, yes and YES!
Today as I continue my January journey through daily Proverbs study, I'm still amazed at how our walk is affected both positively and negatively by our time with God. Our view of the world - and or reaction to its constant challenges - is in direct correlation to our time with our Father:
- 28:5 - Evil men do not understand justice, but those who SEEK the Lord understand it fully
- 28:6 - Better a poor man whose WALK is blameless than a rich man whose ways are perverse
- 28:18 - He whose WALK is blameless is kept safe, but he whose ways are perverse will suddenly fall
- 28:19 - He who works his land will have abundant food, but the one who CHASES fantasies will have his fill of poverty
- 28:26 - He who trusts in himself is a fool, but he who WALKS in wisdom is kept safe
So today as you struggle with the punches life is throwing your way, I'll ask you the same question my mentor would ask me...
"HOW'S YOUR WALK?"