Devotional for Monday December 14th

Good Morning Everyone,
Our theme for this month: “Celebrating is good for us”
Our Bible verse for today: “Here I am today, eight-five years old. I am still as strong today as I was the day Moses sent me out. My strength for battle and for daily tasks is now as it was then.” Joshua 14:10-11 (CSB)
Our thought for today: “Celebrate staying active. It’s good for you.”
I love to hike and walk. It was instilled in me by my mother at a very young age. She was a walker. She walked everywhere. She walked to get places (our family only had one car and my Dad usually had it); but she also walked simply for the pleasure of enjoying the fresh air, seeing people, and getting exercise. We children walked with her and therefore, I’ve always been a walker too. I regularly go for long hikes on mountain trails, but I also go for an after-dinner walk almost every evening.  I think it’s in my DNA.
My Mom reminds me of a lady in our church. She’s in her 70s now but she has obviously taken care of herself and she too loves to walk. Even now during the pandemic when she’s staying mostly at home in order to stay safe, she still walks every day. Her sons made a walking path for her at the back of their property around their pond, and she goes out pretty much every day just walking laps, breathing the fresh air, enjoying the sunshine, and basically staying healthy.
All this month we’re devotionally considering the idea that celebrating is good for us. I’ve called our attention to all the many ways we celebrate big occasions, like Christmas and Easter and birthdays, but I’ve also made the point that we need to be attentive to celebrating the smaller more routine things in life too, like puppy dogs and ice cream and time with friends and family. Even a good walk is a time to smile, give thanks, and enjoy.
I came across a great quote the other day from the poet and writer Robert Lewis Stevenson. He was a hiker/walker/traveler. In fact, he spent most of his adult life in the early 1800s traveling from one location to another and writing about it. He said, “I travel not to go anywhere, but to go. I travel for travel’s sake. The great affair is to move.” Stevenson simply enjoyed being active because there’s great joy in it.
During this time when so many people are staying home, or severely restricting their activities and travels, I encourage you to avoid being sedate. Be safe but be active. There’s joy to be found in being active. Be grateful that you can move, that you can go.
Whether you’re traveling around the world or around the block, I encourage you to “go”. Celebrate being active. It’s good for you.
God Bless,
Pastor Jim
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