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Someone to Follow

There are a couple of women that walk through my neighborhood. I usually see them in the morning as I am leaving for work. The first time I observed them, I thought they had been in a terrible fight. One of them was walking at least 5 paces ahead of the other. The woman following looked like she was trying to catch up. The one leading didn't show any sign of slowing down. I thought, "Wow, what happened to these friends on their morning walk?"

Then I saw them again, and again.

It's always the same.

One trying to keep up with the other.

I realized that they couldn't possible be fighting every morning and that this was intentional. It's obvious that one woman walks faster, with more purpose and confidence. The one following is trying to keep up.  It's hard work for her. But she doesn't stop. She's being led by example. Maybe's she trying to get in shape, maybe she is training for a race, maybe she wants to be a speed walker. Whatever her motives, she has clearly identified someone in her life that she wants to follow.

Every time I see them, they paint such a strong spiritual picture to me.

I think a lot about who is following me, and the example that I set but I don't often think about who I am following.

It's easy to think I can just walk on my own.

This duo of fast walkers reminds me that we all need someone ahead of us. When we are following someone who is ahead, we have to work to keep up. It's challenging. It stretches us. Sometimes it hurts.

But it's so important to follow someone.

We all need to be followers.

I've decided to ask myself the following questions:

  • Who is ahead of me?
  • Who can I learn from?
  • Who will challenge me and get me out of my comfort zone
  • Who is going in the direction that I want to go?

Each One, Find One.

It doesn't matter who you are.

How much experience you have.

How old you are.

If you think you are at the top of your game.

You should never stop following.

God's word is full of followers. (John 8:12)

Today, I saw the "walkers" out again. I didn't see them much over the summer, and I noticed something really interesting today. The gap between them has gotten smaller.

The learner is catching up to the teacher.

I think that's the way it should be.

Find someone to follow.

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