Early this year I started working on eating better and exercising.
I vow to do this most years- but this year I actually kept up with it
and have lost 50 pounds! Woo hoo!
Part of that included walking early in the morning.
Since I'm now deaf in one ear and wear headphones while walking
I've learned that I have to really be super alert and pay close attention to my surroundings.
This is because I can't tell what direction sounds are coming from
(call me from behind and you'll see- I turn to the left always!)
and unless I'm looking will not know of any oncoming car or walker/runner.
I've almost walked out in front of a car or run into a runner coming in the
opposite direction countless times because of this.
As I walked early this morning in the dark and yet again
almost ran smack dab into another walker
(because I was looking down and didn't see or hear him)
I thought about what a an example of life my needing to be alert was.
Because the enemy is ALL around us-
(The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy- John 10:10)
just waiting for us to slack off and let our guard down so he can swoop in
and pull us away from the Lord and His works- we MUST be super aware and diligent.
And that even though I know I need to be uber alert-
I get distracted so often that my eyes stray from looking ahead-
where I should be looking to be safe.
Memorizing this verse today as it's such a great reminder!
Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls
around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.
-1 Peter 5:8