Story by Verna Stutzman

Sept 5/2000

Walking, walking, walking

A friend told me that a friend of hers has lost weight by walking diligently on her treadmill every day. I thought, “What is keeping me off my treadmill?” So I decided to get up at 6:30 each morning and walk on my treadmill for 30 minutes.

If you’re a morning person, you might find this easy. But I’m not a morning person. I can happily stay up reading or writing until 2 or 4 am each night, but get me asleep in bed and then that’s where I want to stay. I’ve been in the habit of staying in bed until the last possible minute and then grabbing my shower and rushing out the door to the office without any breakfast.

For the past two weeks, I’ve been very diligent to get up early and walk. The actual walking hasn’t been that difficult – probably because as a child, I walked over two miles to school every day (and home again) – rain, snow, or shine for 12 years for a total of 10,800 miles.

“Has walking the treadmill helped me?” I haven’t lost any weight yet, but I’m walking further in 30 min. than when I first started and my heart rate drops faster when I stop walking. I Ti 4:8 states, “For physical training is of some value, but godliness has value for all things…” (NIV) I pray that my motivation to pursue godliness exceeds my motivation to pursue physical training.

PS I also praise the Lord for healing my feet. A year ago I couldn’t have done this, because the pain would have been too great. Thank you, Jesus.