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Eric's Sunday Sermon; Take Your Problems for a Walk

Updated on January 30, 2016

You can do the Ostrich or Turtle thing if you want to.

It would be interesting just to crawl back into your shell and not face the world. But probably very lonely.
It would be interesting just to crawl back into your shell and not face the world. But probably very lonely. | Source

Steps

Sometimes it is a good idea to walk your dog. Perhaps it is a good idea to take yourself on a walk. Fresh air and a rhythmic exercise is good for you. Sometimes it is nice to walk with your lover and just hold hands and be together in the world. Walks are known healthy things to do in so many ways.

But just this once would you walk with your troubles. Do not leave them at home or in the office or shop. Pick them up and bring them with you. Do not worry, I have broad shoulders and will help you carry the load if you need it. But just to be sure, we will take them with us but we will not be bringing them back. Isn’t that a far better idea than running out the door to escape them? Let us give it a shot to just take them and leave them “out there”.

Now let us clear the air a bit. Nobody has better problems than anyone else. Let me tell you the truth. There two times in my life where just taking a shower was a problem for me. You may say that is crazy and I would have to agree with you to a degree. One time I lived outside and a shower was in a freezing cold river. Another time I was so depressed that just getting the energy to shower was monumental. Such a trivial thing but I raise it here to illustrate that a problem does not have any size other than what we give it. And I am in no position to gauge your problems for you. Only you can do that.

So I like to write down my problems on a piece of paper. That might sound innocuous. But to me it places them right there in a place where I can even put it in my pocket. That is manageable. I like having my problems all neat and folded in my pocket.

Just put out your hand baby!

You can see why people consider heaven to be in the clouds.

Cast your cares into the clouds
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Let us give it a try!

Now here is an issue. Our minds can make a problem bigger than an elephant. It is darned hard to get an elephant into your pocket. If it won’t fit in your pocket then you have to make an extra effort to carry them around. Before we go for a walk would you just write down your problems so they are easier to carry for us? Totally silly I know but try it and see if it don’t work. Here is a truth that may sound magical or mystical. If you put your problems in your pocket and go for a brisk walk and leave them somewhere along the way. They will not be in your pocket when you return. Take it easy, you still have problems but you have taken the boogie man out of them. The problem exists but the boogie man is back on the walk.

Speaking of elephants. Did you know that the best way to eat an elephant is one bite at a time? If we believe we must conquer a problem we set ourselves up for a fight. We magnify the enemy. And just possibly we create an enemy where there really was not one to begin with. ““Victorious warriors win first and then go to war, while defeated warriors go to war first and then seek to win” Sun Tzu ‘Art of war’. (strange you think for a preacher to quote the Art of War)

One more thing about problems. They are real. One more thing about feelings. They are real. But are our problems made bigger than they are by our feelings. Somewhere our feelings adjust how we look at problems. Somehow our problems adjust how we feel. And quite often those adjustments are not in line with reality. That just makes you normal.

The walk

Now I am pumped up and I got your hand and you are walking with me. I am not handsome. I am not the man of your dreams. I am not the brother you always wanted. But I am here and I will make you walk those problems right out your door.

Now a preacher man can spout scripture and guide and lead you down a road he has already paved. I am not good enough for that. All I can do is walk with you. Get those problems. Do me a favor. Put them in a stinking bow. But keep them they are yours. Let me get a bottle of water and my sunglasses. Now we are ready and you are getting gitty. Because I promised you to get rid of those problems. Aren’t we a pair? Arm and arm down the street. Dang but we might even try to skip in unison and laugh too hard. Now I take your hand in mine and look into your eyes and say “unload it right here”. You got nowhere to run. We are all together – you – me – problems. Just do it, take them out and look at them. Do they compare to us and this moment?

Please do not walk alone.

Even a moonlit walk

Walks are great!
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Problems great and small

Believe for a moment that they do not matter. Believe and breathe. You and me we took a walk and will return. Your problems took a walk and will not return the same.

Now of course in the physical I cannot really go for a walk with you, though I am sure it would be nice. So still go for that walk with you problems. If you pause for a moment and just allow it, you will not be alone. Feel the love of God and all others. Connect into that love and breathe easy. Give your problems over to that love. Like we discussed the problems will not disappear but them being a problem will.

Generally speaking problems boil down to our perspective. And sometimes our particular skill set makes taking care of problems, well – problematic. So our walk is really more of a metaphor of a kind. We really are talking about taking our problems and letting go of the worry and angst. If we can do that we can be happier, more joyful and more productive in life.

There is some cool scripture that goes with this and I have always remembered it. It goes like this: 25 “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? 26 Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? 27 Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life? (Matthew 6)

So there I am worrying about how to help my son create an art project for school. One of those father son projects. Only this is really artsy. And most people have more artistic ability in their left pinky than I will ever have in my whole body. So I sat down and prayed on it and boom the problem became something we shall have a great time doing today. (how do you attach a balloon to a heart anyway ;-)

Today I have tried to keep the concept to simple problems but the same holds true for big ones that really are serious in nature like our health. Bad diagnosis – Ok we break it down into bite sized increments and we take it one day at a time. But first we take that walk and we put the problem in our pocket and then somewhere along that walk we leave the “problem” behind. We still have the health issue but it no longer is a problem, it is just something to deal with. For me it is super easy as I have God with whom to share my problems. I pray for you the same.

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      ahorseback 15 months ago

      Eric , the art problem for your son ; The turtle backed picture above ! The problems walking themselves away ; We just came back from a walk on the snow covered local trails with the dogs , my wife is training for this springs "rim to rim" in the grand canyon " ! Gad you brought up the walking sermon though . Its a great one !

      Remember take care of the little problems that cause big problems , and you know what ? There are no such things as big problems !

      Super Sermon !

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      Clive Williams 15 months ago from Nibiru

      i took my problems for a walk and they attracted even more, so i decided to lock them in the basement. (ISOLATION)

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      Eric Dierker 15 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      What a great hike Rim to Rim is. Bright Angel all the way? Long but solid walking trails. That almost 9,000 feet on the north will take your breath away. How exciting!

      I need baby steps but if I keep taking them I get there well enough. Thanks buddy for coming by and leaving a note.

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      Eric Dierker 15 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      I hear ya Clive. Except now I am afraid of the basement.

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      Vladimir Karas 15 months ago from Canada

      Eric...All your hubs are artfully written, and this one is no exception. I believe many of your readers will find another inspiration in it, this time how to deal with their problems.

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 15 months ago from Southern Illinois

      Hee. Clive breaks me up with his remarks. I liked the idea of walking your troubles away and leaving them there. I have a three wheel bike that I like to ride. ( not now, too cold. ) You always have good ideas, including today. I need to go to the post office, think I'll walk.

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      Paul K Francis 15 months ago from east coast,USA

      Another inspiring sermon - taking our problems for a walk - cool idea, very helpful. Thanks.

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      Linda Lum 15 months ago from Washington State, USA

      Eric, you are so very right--it's all a matter of perspective. Our problems can be as large and cumbersome as we allow them to be. However, personally I'm getting awfully tired of eating elephant. Great hub!

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      Eric Dierker 15 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Thank you Vladimir, it is kind of you to drop in an leave a note. I am a pretty happy guy, but I still run into problems dealing with people and circumstances. But they all fit in my pocket.

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      Eric Dierker 15 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Ruby, Clives latest hub is a must read. It is all about the laughing!

      One time when I was having a real bad time of it - years ago, I wrote my problems down in a letter and mailed it to myself. The walk to the post office helped as did the laugh when I read it later.

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      Eric Dierker 15 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Paul, I am sure you noticed there is a little goofiness to the concept. Perhaps that has some therapeutic value. But the silly notion works.

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      Eric Dierker 15 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Linda -- perhaps there is a good recipe for when we feel like we have to bite off more than we can chew. But good outside fresh air always lifts my spirits I hope it does yours also.

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      Marlene Bertrand 15 months ago from Northern California, USA

      I never thought about taking my problems for a walk, but that is a great idea. I often write down my feelings about things and ponder what I've written. You are right. It does help to write things down. I wish I could help you with the artsy thing. I haven't an ounce of talent in that area.

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      Eric Dierker 15 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      We are lucky to have each other. I am not great at everything but I got family and friends. Life is good if i reach out and take that walk. Marlene, I wish the best for you, you are a treasure.

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      Bill Holland 15 months ago from Olympia, WA

      We worked outside with the rabbits and quail today...does that count instead of a walk? :)

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      John Hansen 15 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Eric, this sermon was just perfect. I think the big guy upstairs is trying to tell me something. I just finished reading Clive's great hub about beating stress and then I read this one about taking troubles for a walk. Well I wrote my troubles down (now I need a new notebook) and filled my pockets. Thought it would be wrong to take them for a walk and just toss them out as litter so I burnt them instead.....that made me laugh and so I got rid of my stresses and troubles in one go. You saying you once wrote them down and mailed them to yourself made me think...what if I wrote them down and posted them to someone I don't like....that just made me laugh more and feel even better. Hope your son's project turned out well.

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      Eric Dierker 15 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Bill, Nope, labor don't count even if it is the loving kind. Now get your honey and go for a walk! But you had better get a problem first ;-)

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      Eric Dierker 15 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Oh MY! John did I encourage people to litter? Well that just won't do. Maybe just wad them up and toss them when they get home. I have actually done the write them down and burn them deal -- it is really cool and works. Burnt offering?

      John that project turned out to be a blast and looks perfect for a 6 year old. My boy took the bull by the horns and jumped right in. My problems are not problems after all.

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 15 months ago from The Caribbean

      I like the idea of taking the problems for a walk; also the idea of throwing them in a creek, and then planting sign "No Fishing." They'll never come home again.

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      Eric Dierker 15 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Dora I like that thank you

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      Kathleen Kerswig 15 months ago

      Such an interesting and enjoyable read! I try to look at my problems as opportunities these days. There are lessons for me to learn with every challenge that I face. Taking our problems for a walk can help brings us clarity and solutions. I just need to be willing to sit in the uncomfortability of not finding a quick fix to the challenge. Thanks so much for sharing! Blessings!

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      Eric Dierker 15 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Kathleen, there is beauty in how you speak. Let me be a vessel for problems and turn them into wine. I am just too darned old in some aspects. I like to say "how interesting" when I hear a problem. I have a problem right now. And yet I only have a solution. Thank you for reminding me that sitting in uncomfortability is a good place to sit.

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      Devika Primić 15 months ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      I walk when I don't feel good about any thing. It is a great way to get rid of that stressful moment. Brilliant hub with lots to ponder on here.

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      Eric Dierker 15 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Thank you Devika, let's keep on walking.

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      Kathleen Kerswig 15 months ago

      Eric, I had a boss when I worked in retail who always called the problems "our opportunities". I didn't appreciate it back then (20 years ago) but I definitely appreciate that attitude now. I will hold you in the Light - the answer is within you already. Blessings!

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      Eric Dierker 15 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      I like that Kathleen. I always used to say of problems that they were just situations given us so we could find solutions. Solving a problem just makes me feel all good inside and out. I actually, no joke, had a business, well kind of still do, named "Problems Resolutions" and it was my job to solve your problems. It was profitable and fun.

      But of course you are right I would not have appreciated it 30 years ago.

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      Denise W Anderson 15 months ago from Bismarck, North Dakota

      It is certainly easy to get carried away with worry when we start focusing on our problems! Walking has always been therapeutic for me, especially walking in the early morning at sunrise. It is like God peaking over the horizon to tell me "Good morning!" Writing my problems down helps as well, then I can put them into perspective and their power just seems to fade away. Thanks for the great visual!

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      Eric Dierker 15 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Denise, as usual I was preaching to myself. I have not been walking enough lately and I have not been constructive with my perceived problems. Time for me to get it together. Thank you for coming by for a visit and share. I truly appreciate it.

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      Surabhi Kaura 15 months ago

      Brilliant hub and what awesome food for thought here! Thank you, Eric.

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      Chitrangada Sharan 15 months ago from New Delhi, India

      Excellent hub on how to deal with our problems and you gave it a good title, Take your problems for a walk.

      All your hubs are so inspirational . Walking always helps me come out of stressful situations. Communicating with God is the ultimate solution for me because 'He' is such a good listener.

      Loved your photographs especially the first one.

      Thank you for sharing this wonderful hub!

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      Eric Dierker 15 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Thank you Surabhi for reading and leaving such an uplifting comment.

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      Eric Dierker 15 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Chitrangada I love to take a walk and spend some time outdoors talking to God it is refreshing and always puts me in a better state of mind. Thank you for adding to this hub.

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      Shaloo Walia 15 months ago

      Great advice! Spending some time in nature is always therapeutic for me.

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      Eric Dierker 15 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Hi Swalia, nature is the best nurture by far. I think I will go for a walk right now!

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      Mel Carriere 15 months ago from San Diego California

      I have discovered that walking is therapeutic, even if you are only walking because your car is broken, which is one of the problems on the list I am supposed to leave behind. This creates a strange paradox, but I get the message, and I realize the value of walking. My sore feet might take exception, but they are there to shut up and serve. Great hub!

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      Eric Dierker 15 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Oops, this was written uncaring of our poor letter carriers. For you just visualize a walk while you soak your feet and maybe drop your list into the commode. We now have a hottie mail carrier, but she does not smile. Could you write a memo on that?

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      Mel Carriere 14 months ago from San Diego California

      She's management material for sure. I give her three months, six tops, and she'll be bumped upstairs. Then you'll have a homely one with a lovely smile.

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      Eric Dierker 14 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      I must be old -- I will take a homely one with a smile any day.

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      Linda Crampton 14 months ago from British Columbia, Canada

      I love this hub. What a great idea for dealing with problems. I already go for a walk when I have a problem, but I've never used the walk to leave the problem behind in the sense that you describe. I'll remember your suggestion.

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      Eric Dierker 14 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Alicia, it works for me but I live a pretty simple life and so my problems are pretty easy. I hope it works for you. Thank you for reading and taking the time to comment.

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      Rolly A Chabot 13 months ago from Alberta Canada

      Hi Eric... great hub and one which I needed to read today. Kind of one of those reflective days here...

      Blessings from Canada and thanks for your writing...

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      Eric Dierker 13 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Rolly it is very good to have you around again. I am just loving your story. And your fireside is always so welcoming.

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