Wednesday, June 13, 2007

Silas walking

From his first steps, back in April, there has been a huge change in his security and stability. Yesterday he was pushing his stroller around on the grass. But he still can't do steps going up or down. Running isn't too far off though! He loves to carry things too. The other day he had a big ball and a water bottle in his hands and a coaster in his mouth. Sometimes he picks up things that are quite heavy just to move them to the other end of the house. I think he takes it as a challenge; he wants to see how much he is capable of doing. He walks a little funny though. It's like he's been on a horse too long and can't get his legs straightened out again - it's probably just the diaper...

Paul talks about walking and running in Philippians chapter 3: "Brethren, join in following my example, and observe those who walk according to the pattern you have in us." It makes me wonder how I walk. I don't walk bowlegged but I do want to walk steadily and purposefully. I want to set an example in my walk, admitting when I walk in the wrong direction. Most of all I want Silas to walk how Jesus walked, loving and honoring God first, caring for the needs of others, and being thankful and satisfied in little or much. But for that to happen we have to be purposeful in how we walk and what we teach him. It won't just happen naturally because there are too many other influences and distractions. There is too much in our human nature pulling us in the other direction. And we need help from God's Spirit working in us and friends, family, and teachers around us.