Just recently I started a walking program.  The daily goal is to have at least 8,000 steps a day.  As I know many people who are already doing this, and doing this well….I’m still getting the hang of it.  As of right now, yesterday was my best day at a little more than 7k.  I’m fairly happy with that, even though it’s short of 8k a day.  Depending on the kind of work you do, the errands you have to run, and how active you are, 8,000 steps is an easy goal for most.  But the other day, I took a quick lap around the lake on my break at work, and while I was huffing in the door headed back to my desk, a co-worker said to me … Candy, getting these steps in every day isn’t that easy, is it?  I admitted that it was not, as I slumped over the kitchen counter to catch my breath.  

Here’s the clincher… Last year I used a similar walking program that counted steps.  But the counter also counted ‘other activity’, which could later be converted to walking steps.  So in some small way, there was a little wiggle room.  Just say I walked 3,000 steps but had 45 minutes of other activity.  I could convert that to maybe 3,000 more steps.  It was great to be able to do this.  It allowed me to cheat.  But with the new system, there is no wiggle room.  There is no cheating allowed. It is….what it is!  You walk 3,000 steps … You get 3,000 steps.  Trust me.  I tried sleeping with the step counter on one night … and the next morning, when my feet hit the floor, it started at “1”.   

I assure you that I will not obsess about this new gadget.  After experiencing some very real health issues, my focus is never just to hit 8k steps, my focus is completely on my health.  Some days I will check in at 7k…others 3k.   And it is…what it is.   And there is no more cheating with converting activity to steps.   If I walk , I get steps…if I don’t walk, I don’t get steps.  After I finished chemo and radiation in 2015, I started asking specialists …what can I do, should I exercise? Should I lift weights?  Should I Diet?  Should I take vitamins?   And more than one specialist said …. Walk!   Walk!   Walk!    No weights, no specific diet plan, no special equipment….just walk.   

So I walk.  And I am constantly reminded of the passage in the bible where Joshua took a city by bringing the wall of the city   of Jericho down.  And how did he do that?   The Lord said to Joshua in chapter 6 “March around the city”.  Just walk…..

And then there is a scripture that has been part of my life for years, “Little by little I will drive them out from before thee, until thou art fruitful, and possess the land.” Exodus 23:30.  “Little by little”….

Deuteronomy 5:33 “You shall walk in the way that the Lord your God has commanded you, that you may live, and that it may go well with you, and that you may live long in the land that you shall possess”.  “Walk in the ways of the Lord”….

There appears to be a lot of walking that is mentioned in the bible.   And there also appears to be some promises to gain ….