Am I walking the right way?

As I laced up my running shoes to prepare for a long walk with a friend, I began to wonder.
How many times have I put on my shoes with the intent to walk, only to take them off again because I didn't "feel" like walking?
How many times have I seen my shoes sitting on the floor of the closet, knowing I should put them on and move my body, but refused to do so because I was "too tired," "not in the mood," or just didn't care?
How many times have I sat sedentary when I should have been active?
And how many times have I lamented my big buns, poor health, and fatigue - all of which were a direct result of not lacing up my shoes?
<deep sigh>
Too many times, friends. Too many times.

And like most things in life, there is a spiritual application laced within the lesson.

As Christians, we are called to "walk in a manner worthy of God."
Time for another deep sigh.
Not only do many of the footprints of my spiritual walk lack the holiness of God, they aren't even in a straight line. They are up, down, sideways, and on the ceiling! Perfect evidence that I have relied on my own way and my own will far too often, failing to follow the purposeful path laid out by a Savior who knows exactly where I need to place each step.

How sweet life would be, how much easier the climb, how effortless the journey if we intentionally and obediently placed our feet in the footprints left for us by the Savior! 
And He said to all, “If anyone would come after Me, let him deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow Me." Luke 9:23
Our steps, no matter how well-intentioned, are tainted with selfishness and sin. We want to follow Christ, but our feet turn to the left and the right when something alluring catches our eye. We step off of the path "for just a second" only to stumble into weeds and ditches and detours that take us further than we wanted to go and keep us longer than we wanted to stay.

The sure, straight, steady way of the Master may seem dull in comparison to the glittering temptations that line the road, but it is the easiest, fastest, and shortest route to our destination. 
HIS steps.
HIS way.
HIS course.
HIS stride.
If we follow Him, our feet will always take us to the only place we need to be.
Safe and secure at the Master's side.

Whoever claims to live in Him, must walk as Jesus did. 1 John 2:6

As you have therefore received Christ Jesus the Lord - so walk in Him. Colossians 2:6

For you know how, like a father with his children, we exhorted each one of you and encouraged you and charged you to walk in a manner worthy of God, who calls you into his own kingdom and glory.

I Thessalonians 2:11, 12

Finally, then, brothers, we ask and urge you in the Lord Jesus, that as you received from us how you ought to walk and to please God, just as you are doing, that you do so more and more.

I Thessalonians 4:1