The Bare Soul - June 17, 2007
Do's and Don'ts

Okay, let's have a mini-barefoot running tutorial:

Here are the "do's":

1. Slight bend of the knees
2. Thrusting forward at the hips (run from your haunches!)
3. Slightly leaning forward at the ankles
3. Short cadence or quick turnover
4. Relax and visualize gliding along
5. Repeat until perfected!

Here are the "don'ts":

1. Don't stiffen your legs when striding
2. Don't overstride
3. Don't land on your heel because of overstriding
4. Don't tense up!
5. Don't give up!

Wait a second! That's way too much to remember. Did you know teachers that reinforce positives in their students generally get much better retention? So, with that in mind, let's forget about the "don'ts". In truth, if you spend all your time doing the "do's" you won't have time to do the "don'ts".

I have talked to so many folks who begin to run barefoot and get lost in the mechanics. The most important thing is to relax and to find your groove. If you spend your time thinking and practicing proper form then eventually you will master it. In the same way, I have heard many folks that were confused regarding what the will of God is for them in their individual lives. When asked if I know what the will of God is I say, "It's simple, just like barefoot running". Micah 6:8 specifies three things that are the "do's" in a believer's life. Micah states, "He has shown you, O man, what is good. And what does the Lord require of you? But to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God". So, this is the plumb line or the standard that I can measure whether I (or anyone else) is "doing" the will of God. Number one, are we treating those we come in contact with justly? Have we wronged anyone that we need to ask forgiveness? Number two, are we lovers of mercy? Do we love the prospect of showing kindness and love to all those in my sphere of influence? And finally, number three, do people say of us that the light of the Lord is in our respective faces? That it is apparent that we are walking daily with our God and obeying his commands? The fruit of this kind of communion is joy and peace. Am I exuding this type of relationship with those around me?

Some may say: This is a tall order! Well, it is if we are trying to do it in our own power. God gave his Son,  the Lord Jesus Christ to empower us to fulfill Micah 6:8. Paul in the book of Romans said "Be not overcome by evil, but overcome evil with that which is good". In order to do the "do's" we must know the "doer" of salvation. He will enable our souls to stay busy with His Father's work, "doing justly, loving mercy, and walking humbly with our God". So much to "do", and so little time to worry about the don'ts.

Having a Blessed Barefoot Blast!

Barefoot Rick

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