Today is the second official day of Lent; but it counts as day 1 in our Christ Walk program. Because several in our group either aren’t on Facebook, or are fasting from it during this season, I have decided to use this as our group encouragement page. All comments, although moderated, are public. And anyone is welcome to join us. We are using the book Christ Walk: A 40-Day Spiritual Fitness Program by Anna Fitch Courie as our guide. We have weekly, in person, group meetings on Wednesdays, 5pm-6pm, in Room 99 at Forest Hills United Methodist Church in Macon, GA. If you can’t be with us in person, you are still welcome to be part of our online group.
Yesterday we held our introductory meeting. One of the first things to do is choose your mileage challenge from page 186-187 which you will personally walk over the next 40 days. Because this is a first time “Christ Walk” for many of us, and it’s Lent, I suggest we choose one of the “Jesus routes” the book lists, specifically:
- Nazareth Challenge: The route between Jesus’ hometown of Nazareth and Jerusalem, 65 miles. This would be 1.6 miles or about 4,000 steps per day.
- Jerusalem Challenge, aka the Via Dolorosa (Way of Sorrows): The route Jesus took through Jerusalem during the last week of his life, 88 miles This will be 2.2 miles or about 5,500 steps per day.
- Bethlehem Challenge: The distance between Bethlehem and Jerusalem, 200 miles. This is 5 miles or about 10,000 steps per day.
Pick a challenge based on your fitness level. For the athletes out there, the author suggests doing the Bethlehem Challenge without a pedometer, getting 5 miles of exercise daily in one workout. You could also do the Bethlehem challenge for the first 5 weeks and then do the Jerusalem Challenge during Holy Week. For all fitness levels, the idea is to move your body in a healthy manner. If walking is a problem, 15-20 minutes of other exercise can count as one mile.
Over the course of the next 40 days, there are daily readings in the book which help you to examine your physical, mental and spiritual health. In our meetings we will cover these same topics, as well as nutrition. Our congregational nurse is available for physical assessments to monitor weekly progress. We will also have some kind of class exercise each week, so wear your active-wear!
God gave us these bodies, not only to house His Holy Spirit within us, but to also move them in healthy ways, and ultimately to spread His Kingdom on Earth. Let’s encourage one another to take our next steps toward Christ! Comment below what challenge route you are doing.
Example of what we don’t want for our future…