Why walking, standing and sitting can be bad things

Blessed is the one who does not walk in step with the wicked or stand in the way that sinners take or sit in the company of mockers, but whose delight is in the law of the Lord, and who meditates on his law day and night. That person is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither – whatever they do prospers. (Psalm 1)

As I sat in my “thinking chair” one morning recently, the impact of these verses hit me hard.

Walk. Stand. Sit.

To walk in step means I walk along side or follow along with someone. To stand in the way means I linger. To sit in the company means I choose to plant myself in a negative environment.

These are all choices I make. If I walk in step with someone who has a heart set on destroying themselves and others around them, I am making an intentional choice to follow their lead in the same fashion. If I stand in the way that sinners take, I am making a passive choice to just let what happens happen. If I sit in the company of mockers, I choose to sit down, stay awhile and let my mouth rattle off negativity about everything and everyone.

I found myself on this path recently. After spending several hours with a person that tries my patience, I found that for days afterward, all I could do was tell anyone and everyone what an awful experience it was for me. I chose to walk along side impatience and frustration. I chose to be the mocker. I chose again and again to rattle off negativity. Regardless of whether or not the person deserved it, or whether or not I needed to express myself, I was wrong.

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I knew it was wrong. I knew it wasn’t healthy. I justified it by saying I needed to vent. And perhaps I did. But did I need to vent that much and to that many people? Did I need to verbally destroy another person in the name of “venting?”

I chose to place my heart with sin and linger there.

I try to remember that my daily life needs to be led by loving God and loving others. But really God? Do I have to love that person? I failed miserably that entire week. Thus these words hit me hard in the heart again.

Walk. Stand. Sit.

Instead, the Psalmist says, place your heart in the Word of the Lord. Set your focus on His grace and love. Linger there instead of stopping along the way and placing your heart with sin.  If we do, he says we will be like a tree planted by a stream that waters our soul from deep within. The earth feeds the tree and the tree bears fruit, much like the Spirit feeds our hearts and fills us with all we need to bear good fruit. That fruit is what He wants to use to bring life and hope to those who are hungry.

Plant. Grow. Feed.

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A good man brings good things out of the good stored up in his heart, and an evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in his heart. For the mouth speaks what the heart is full of. Luke 6:45

Ouch! Did anyone else just feel a slight prick to the heart?

The good news is, that God is patient, loving and kind and very slow to anger. Good thing for me, because I just know that I will find myself sitting in the mocking chair again! I hope I will remember… Oh Spirit please remind me, that I don’t have to walk, stand, sit. I can plant, grow, feed.

Amen.

 

 

 

2 Comments on “Why walking, standing and sitting can be bad things

  1. You should think about being a preacher. I would go to church if you delivered the sermon. 🙂 🙂 🙂 Very Nice… Thanks for sharing.

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