Walk as children of light.
In my younger years, my mother* and I authored a textbook called Personal Development Secrets. One highlight? The '16 Rules of Walking.'
Funny thing. They still work, so take a peek:
1. Proportional steps (to height)
2. Straight feet (not pigeon-toed or slew-footed)
3. Knees always flexed
4. Buttocks always tucked
5. Diaphragm always up
6. Ears directly over shoulders
7. Chin parallel to the floor (neither higher nor lower)
8. Shoulders down and relaxed (not up or back)
9a. Models on stage walk the line (not crossed over)
9b. The rest of us walk parallel lines
10. Avoid heavy heels (walk softly)
11. Weight centered (no sway)
12. Arms lightly brush sides with each step (no "gorilla" arms)
13. Arms swing in proportion to steps
14. Hands hang in profile (the heal of the hand, as in the thumb and index finger are seen in front)
15. Fingers elongated, but relaxed (slightly curled)
16. Good eye contact (depending on what the focal point should be)
For models (and those in the public eye), mastery of the way they walk and move lifts them to the top of many stages.
More importantly, God's rules of walking lift models of Christ to eternal life. He teaches us and He examines us: 'I shall test them if they are walking in My Laws or not' (Exodus 16:4).
God forbid we 'Walk contrary' to Him, because He may 'Walk contrary' to us.**
In the New Testament, Jesus expands His walk (and He expands on our walk, too.)
'When His disciples saw Him walking on the sea' (Matthew 14:26), when they saw 'The lame walk' (Matthew 11:5), they began to realize they were on a path that would change the world forever.
Consider the ultimate model's walk:
We're instructed: 'To walk in the same manner as He walked' (1 John 2:6), to walk 'Blamelessly' (Luke 1:6), to 'Walk orderly' (Acts 21:24), 'So we too might walk in newness of life' (Romans 6:4);
To 'Walk in the Spirit' (Galatians 5:16), to 'Walk by faith, not by sight' (2 Corinthians 5:7), to 'Walk in wisdom' (Colossians 4:5), and most importantly...
To 'Walk in love, as Christ also has loved us and given Himself for us' (Ephesians 5:2).
Actors, models, and talent for Christ, I remain confident you WILL 'Walk worthy of the calling with which you were called' (Ephesians 4:1).
## A Model Walk
* My mother, Millie Lewis, was a New York fashion model in the late 1940s. She became a well-known talent scout, developer and consultant for the rest of her life. She was also a Civil Rights advocate in the 1970s. She was inducted into the Models Hall of Fame by the Modeling Association of America.
** 'And if by this discipline you are not turned to Me but walk contrary to Me, then I also will walk contrary to you, and I myself will strike you sevenfold for your sins' (Leviticus 26:23-24).
NOTE: This is a 2021 update of a 2011 Carey Lewis Devotion. You may see notes to 'Actors, Models & Talent for Christ.' If you think you're not in show business, think again. Shakespeare said, 'All the world's a stage and all its men and women merely players. Mostly true. But you're not merely players. You are messengers and ambassadors for the King of kings.
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the A Model Walk series.