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One Step in Front of the Other

If you’re forced to travel a long distance by foot, you’ll get there if you just keep putting one foot in front of the other. “Put One Foot in Front of the Other” is a song featured in the 1970 Christmas classic Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town. The context of this show tune occurs following a conversation between a young Kris Kringle and the Winter Warlock. The morale embedded within the lyrics urges listeners to bounce back by getting up as soon as you fall.

Shun immorality and all sexual looseness [flee from impurity in thought, word, or deed]. Any other sin which a man commits is one outside the body, but he who commits sexual immorality sins against his own body. 19 Do you not know that your body is the temple (the very sanctuary) of the Holy Spirit Who lives within you, Whom you have received [as a Gift] from God? You are not your own, 1 Corinthians 6:18-19.

Whether you endure an embarrassing moment, a disappointing defeat or a self inflicted fall from grace, you can’t beat yourself up forever. The context of the passage above involved a sex scandal within the Church at Corinth. News of this inappropriate relationship quickly reached the apostle Paul. This portion of Paul’s letter provides advice for bouncing back spiritually.

You were bought with a price [purchased with a preciousness and paid for, made His own]. So then, honor God and bring glory to Him in your body, 1 Corinthians 6:20.

Anyone who is struggling to break free from an addiction or bad habit, needs to quickly cut ties from this by shunning any traces of immorality. This includes the environment or the individuals who drag you in to participate. If you want to put your best foot forward, view their body as a holy temple where God’s Spirit resides. When you develop this mindset, you can begin to put one foot in front of the other so that you can eventually be set free,

by Jay Mankus


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