Be Passionate, Not Passive

At times, I think that all of us as Christians feel that making progress in following Jesus is impossible. The truth is, it is a marathon, not a sprint, and the progress is made one step at a time. You might enjoy reading about Brad Hathaway below.

Turning Point-Dr. David Jeremiah - Thursday, January 21, 2021 - Be Passionate, Not Passive

He who says he abides in Him ought himself also to walk just as He walked. 1 John 2:6

Years ago when Brad Hathaway of Mattapoisett, Massachusetts, was in his mid-fifties, his doctor suggested he start walking as a way to deal with his diabetes and heart problems. Hathaway took the advice seriously and determined to walk around the circumference of the earth—not literally, but in equivalent distance. Day after day and year after year, Hathaway walked through rain and shine, anywhere from three to ten miles every day. Last fall, he finished mile number 24,901. To great local fanfare, he had walked the exact distance of the equator’s band around the earth. His current age is 88.

Recommended Reading: 1 John 2: 3 – 6

“As time went on, walking got a little harder,” he said. “I had a walking stick for a few years and now I have this walker to help me walk.”[1]

It’s impossible to make progress in our Christian walk if we don’t make the effort to live with discipline, obedience, holiness, love, the input of truth, and the empowerment of the Holy Spirit. We have to work on our Christian walk. We’re God’s channels on earth, but we’re not simply passive pipelines. We are onward-bound servants.

If you walk with God, and keep close to him, you will be sure to go in the right way. Henry Scudder

[1]Sam Read, “Massachusetts Man, 88 Will Have Walked About the Circumference of the World,” News Channel 19 ABC, September 11, 2020.