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Walk It Out

“I…urge you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling to which you have been called” Ephesians 4:1

Growing up playing football there was a common saying when a teammate would fall to the ground with an injury…Get up and Walk It Out.

In practice and in games our bodies were challenged physically and mentally to get better and better at the position we played.  And obviously football is a high contact sport.  So occasionally whether it be in practice or in a game, some one was going to fall with an injury.  But before any one was allowed to walk off the practice field or leave the game, they were strongly encouraged to get up and walk it out.

As believers we have been called to a high calling by our Lord Jesus Christ.  We have been called to live differently from the rest of the world.  Raise our children to walk according to his ways.  Manage our money in a manner that honors him.  Love our wives the way Jesus loves his church.  Which by the way, was a radical love that went all the way to the cross.  Wives are called to honor their husbands, in a world where the normal thing is to tear down ones husband.  We are called to live as light in a dark world.  We are called to humility in a world of pride.  We are called to love where love isn’t exactly deserved.  I could list things all day long to which you and I have been called as believers.

The path we have been called to walk down as believers isn’t exactly easy (Matthew 7:14).  We are going to fail at times.  We are going to struggle with sin.  We are going to fall down injured.  We are going to feel like walking off the field and giving up.  It’s in these moments that you and I must dig deep for the power of the Holy Spirit, get back up, and Walk It Out!

Don’t allow the enemy to hold you down when you fall.  Reach for the healer and his mercy (Matthew 9:12-13).   He can and will give you the courage to get back up and walk it out (Phil. 4:13). As disciples of Jesus Christ and leaders in his kingdom, we have been urged and called to walk (live) in a manner worthy of  the calling we have received.  Let’s walk it out!

“What makes on ordinary man, extraordinary is that he didn’t quit!” Ed Young


Who you are when no one’s looking

I’m kicking off this week with a little peek behind the curtain at NGYN. A little meta-blogging, or blogging about blogging. Because when I sat down to write this morning, I came to a realization to which you can probably relate: I don’t always do this for the right reasons.

When PJ and I started Neutral Gets You Nowhere last year, we had a clear mission: to record our own spiritual growth in written form and think (or write) through questions we faced as we studied the Bible and experienced God in our lives. In doing so in this format, we hoped to help others grow and find answers, too.

That all sounds pretty noble, but – and I’m speaking for just myself here, not PJ – I didn’t take into account from the beginning what a huge role my ego would play in this process.

That’s brings us to this morning, when I sat down to write. I fired up my browser, logged into WordPress, and, on my way to the “Add New Post” button, I glanced at our site’s statistics. Over the last few days, we’d had just a handful of visits. And for a minute, I thought to myself, “It’s not worth writing today. No one’s reading.” Apparently, this blog transformed for me from a noble pursuit to a vanity project.

This happens a lot. It’s a struggle that’s inherent to us worldly humans: if we enjoy or benefit from doing good, are we really doing good, or are we just making ourselves feel good? (This question’s so universal, in fact, I can even remember a Friends episode devoted to it.) Continue reading

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