After my six-month walk across America (THE WALK) in 2013, I have often been asked “What’s next?”
After being home in California for two months, I have an answer.
If something works for six months, why stop?
For example, in the world of sports experts say, “Don’t change what took you to the top.” For a team to reach a championship game and change what took them there is a mistake. Why stop a good thing?
Or, if a six-month diet brings much improved health, why stop the diet? Instead, make the diet a lifestyle for health.
So, what worked for me on THE WALK?
Three things worked well, and they are “what’s next?”
THE WALK improved my physical health (exercising 10 – 12 hrs a day). It improved my spiritual life as I prayed a lot in thoughts or words. It improved my mental health as I memorized parts of the Bible, and ideas flowed. I had time to think. It improved my relational health because my attitude improved while walking. So why stop walking? I won’t.
I will walk in conjunction with my ministry at the Newbury Park First Christian Church. My walking will take me to homes bringing hope, just like on THE WALK. I’m excited and ready to keep walking, meeting people in homes or on the road/streets, just like on THE WALK.
Since walking at home will be primarily on sidewalks, I will invite people to walk with me. On THE WALK, people seldom walked with me due to safety factors of “crowds” on highways.
During THE WALK, I blogged and kept a daily journal. Now I will write the story of THE WALK sharing personal reflections and stories. When Glenda and I talk to people about THE WALK, people often ask, “Do you have a book?” Yes. We have a book. But, it’s inside of us and now needs to come out. Writing will bring it out.
THE WALK was hard work. Walking 20-25 miles per day was one of the hardest things I have done. A reporter asked me (after a 25 mile & 10 hour day) “What is the hardest part of THE WALK?” I answered, “TOMORROW!”
THE WALK was harder than working for 8 summers driving a combine in 100+ degree weather for 12 hours a day in Central California as a teen and young adult.
So, I am going to keep working.
1) I will continue working as a pastor at the Newbury Park First Christian Church overseeing and leading four major areas of ministry.
2) In addition, I will continue teaching for TCM International Institute in Europe and Central Asia, as well as serving as West Coast representative for TCM, sharing the exciting story of the MISSION.
3) I will continue THE WALK’s (invitingAmericahome) mission of encouraging people to invite Jesus to live in their homes.
Those ministries are exciting, but will require hard work. Just like THE WALK. I’m ready and excited to GET TO WORK, just like on THE WALK.
What’s next for me? WALKING, WRITING & WORKING…just like on THE WALK. Why change now?
How about you? What’s next for you? Before you answer that, look at what’s working in your life and think about continuing that.
I’d love to hear from you, as we all continue WALKING through life, encouraging one another, on our journey to be the best God wants us to be.
Walking with Jim