I love going for walks. That is a time when I can clear my head, refocus my thoughts and get a good grasp on things, without the distractions of the tv, the telephone, or whatever. Going for a walk is real "me time."
But I also enjoy walking with friends. I love a slow stroll with a cherished friend. That is a time to talk, to catch up, or work through problems together. When you take a walk with someone else you can really get to know that person.
I used to go for walks with a friend and when we got done with our walking and got back to our cars, we sometimes weren't done talking to each other so we would stand at our cars and continue to talk.
And then there were times when after standing there talking we would decide to go get a cup of coffee and talk some more. We enjoyed each other's friendship and conversations.
It is nice to have friendships like that.
But not all associations are good.
"Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor stands in the path of sinners, nor sits in the seat of the scornful; (Psalm 1:1 NASB)
Do you see how the progression works in this verse?
1.The sinner will walk in the counsel of the ungodly,
2. then he will stand with the sinners (or hang out with them),
3.then sit in the seat of the scornful. Now he's fully with them.
How many times have you heard someone say, "Well, he just got in with the wrong crowd."?
Beloved, blessed is the man who does not get in the wrong crowd!
Do not be deceived: "Bad company corrupts good morals." (1 Corinthians 15:33 NASB)
With whom are you walking?
When we walk with The Lord in the Light of His word, what a glory He sheds on our way.