As babies, one of the first skills that we learn is walking. We pick ourselves up off the ground, push upward and forward, and take that first step. Once accomplished, the joy of walking cannot be taken away.

Injury and a lack of cartridge over the years in my left knee caused my gait to be painful. Many days I did not want to walk, let alone exercise. I knew that I had to and that the knee replacement surgery was much needed if I wanted to walk.

The surgery worked as designed. Each day I gain more strength. I’ve shown remarkable improvement. The best benefit is that this walk through therapy and daily exercise has helped keep the effects of Parkinson’s disease to a minimum. My return to pain-free walking is not the reason for today’s post.

In late August, Uncle Harry passed at age 91. In mid-September, Mark, the brother of my wife’s best friend passed way to young from cancer while a friend, Josh, found that his brain cancer seems to have disappeared.  It is their walk that is the inspiration that motivates me today.

It was my Uncle Harry who inspired my walk as an English teacher. He was the quiet type. The type who led by example. I found that in Mark and Josh as well, from afar. What each of these men had that was more inspirational was the way they walked.

I’m not talking one foot in front of the other, quick strides, or a large step. I’m talking about how each walked in the Lord. No flashiness, no rah-rah. You never saw a “look at me” attitude. They all possessed a commitment to God and each served in the way they did best: as a quiet example.

The little actions each performed daily were done with love. They loved God and it showed in how they treated people, and in Josh’s case, he still shows concern for his fellow man as he has returned back to working in his community’s Fire Department.  

For Uncle Harry and Mark, they have received their golden reward, but they still walk with us. Their example of working for the Lord is there with each step we take. Isn’t that the walk we wish to take?

And whatever you do, do it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the reward of the inheritance; for you serve the Lord Christ.

Colossians 3:23-24