How's Your Walk?

Vol. 4 No. 50 December 10, 2001

Question: Who do people think of when they see you walk? Dad? Mom? Granddad? Grandmother? Never really thought about it? Chances are your pace, your style, your manner of walking resembles one of the significant people in your life.

I smiled as a couple of girls teased an older girl (it was a healthy tease) about how she walked. They imitated her. She laughed. Then, she walked, and sure enough it was just like they had imitated. They all laughed. Unknowingly she was imitating someone else.

The next time you are sitting in the mall or the airport with nothing better to do let me suggest people. (Watch them. Don't stare at them or you may be confronted by airport security.) If you look closely you may be able to determine who belongs with whom just by the way they walk, or stand, or gesture. First, the father walks by. Then, the teenage son strolls by and sure enough, just like dear ole dad. A Mom hurries off to the gift shop. Hurrying along right behind her is a smaller version of Mom.

Every now and then I catch one (or both) of our children in the act of imitating one of us (I'm not referring to the times when they are doing it on purpose). I am talking about when they are acting natural. Just being themselves. Without meaning to they show marks of their heritage.

We do it naturally. We do it without thinking. I've never heard anyone say, "I'm going to learn to walk like my Dad. He's got a cool walk!" We do it because that is what we have seen. Or, perhaps because of our genetic make-up. We do it because we have spent a significant amount of time with them. Without wanting to or intending to we adopt their characteristics simply by being with them. Some are as innocent as the way we walk, the way we talk, while others are as serious as how we act. Either way we are labeled, marked, identified.

Another question: Have you spent enough time with the Savior that you are beginning to walk like Him? Has anyone ever identified you as His because of what they saw you do when you were not aware anyone was watching? Have you ever been told, "You really do remind me of Jesus?"

"This is how we know we are in him: Whoever claims to live in him must walk as Jesus did" (1 John 2:5-6).

Walk like Him,

Copyright 2001