It is so sweet watching a baby learning to walk.  I remember when our children learned to take those first steps.  Pulling up to a chair, letting go for a few seconds, turning and taking a couple of steps before falling down, trying over and over again, until finally…..there they went, stretching the band of independence a bit more.  Toddlers begin to walk at different ages.  All three of our children learned at different months in their tiny lives.

We were so excited to see them blossom in this new venture of life.  They felt so big, so free, so independent. Once a toddler learns to walk, they begin to follow you around.  Wherever you go, they want to be there also. You soon learn that they are trying to step exactly where you make your steps.  Your child looks at you and wants to be like you, going wherever you are going and doing whatever you are doing.

I’m sure all of us have carefully directed our steps as we knew those young eyes were watching and those steps were following.  I find myself doing the same training with our grandkids, better known as my “Cute Kids.”  When crossing the street or a parking lot, we hold hands and say, “Look both ways.” “Let’s wait for that car.”  “Look to your left; now look to your right.”  Why do we do that?  Because we don’t want to get hit by an oncoming vehicle, and we don’t want our kids to get hit by an oncoming vehicle.  It’s simply teaching safety.

I’m reminded of the hymn “Footsteps of Jesus” as I consider this thought:

Sweetly, Lord, have we heard Thee calling, Come, follow Me! And we see where Thy footprints falling Lead us to Thee. Footprints of Jesus, That make the pathway glow; We will follow the steps of Jesus Where’er they go.

The instructions are so simple, we follow in the footsteps of Christ and others follow in our footsteps until they understand how to follow in the footsteps of Christ.  I don’t want to lead anyone to walk out in front of a car. Neither do I want to endanger anyone on the spiritual path.  I must watch my steps physically and spiritually.

We are reminded in I Peter 2:21 “For even hereunto were ye called: because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that ye should follow his steps:”

Teaching our children the concept of walking, we begin by holding both hands, leading them.  Then, they have some balance and we only hold one hand, leading them.  After they get the walking concept, they don’t want to hold our hands at all because they love being able to get around all by themselves. “Myself” I can hear them say. So, we begin to lead by saying ”No” to the stairs or certain rooms that might not be supervised at the moment.  We do this because we are giving them an example by what we say and do.

It’s really that simple spiritually.  The most difficult part is giving up our selfish, stubborn ways so that we can submissively follow His steps.

Whose steps are you walking in?  And, who is walking in your steps?  Will you step up so that someone can spiritually follow your steps?  Watch your step! Someone is following you!