I have a love/hate relationship with the bathroom scale. I have finally reached the point where I am not trying to be what social norms state I should weigh or look like. I am comfortable in my own skin and I know who I am and who I am not. The scale is temperamental though, where I place my feet will cause the scale to increase or decrease which can cause a bit of alarm.

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If my feet are too far toward the edge, my number increases, looking like I binged on ice cream and cake for weeks. If my feet are centered on the scale, then my numbers are realistic and accurate. It’s all about where I place my feet.

As I keep coming back to my reignited fire to follow Christ, I realize I need to watch where He has me walking. If my feet are too far to either side, I will eventually go off the path and into the weeds. When I am walking in the weeds, it is harder to see where I am and what may or may not be lurking in the underbrush. I run the risk or getting lost, injured, or giving up. It is when my feet are centered on the path that I will be able to see the footprints in front of me, guiding me as I walk in faith.

 Your word is a lamp for my feet, a light on my path (Psalm 119:105). 

When my feet remain on the path, I do not put myself in peril or risk twisting my ankles. I can see in front of me, I know the safe places to put my feet. I am able to walk with ease, listening to God’s direction and instruction for me.

The book of Psalms is full of verses about following the right path, where to put your feet, where not to put your feet. We are encouraged to mark our route so we will recognize it and if we do get lost, be able to find it again.

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This is what the Lord says: “Stand at the crossroads and look; ask for the ancient paths, ask where the good way is, and walk in it, and you will find rest for your souls (Jeremiah 6:16). 

Bathroom scales can bring trouble and torment to us for a moment, but as a believer straying from the path- whether intentionally or not- can have eternal consequences. If we are mentoring anyone, our children, students, new believers, when we leave the trail or path we risk their own faith as well. Something we will held accountable for to Christ.

Today’s verse of the day was Proverbs 22:6, Start children off on the way they should go, and even when they are old they will not turn from it. If we are to start the next generation on the right path then we will need to recognize it and be on it ourselves. Dear Ones, let us be intentional about where we place our feet. May we center them every day in Christ alone.


About gretchenr17

Wife, mother, daughter, sister, friend. Writer, farmer, fellow sojourner... at every turn I learn a bit more about God's wild mercies.
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