Reverse Pedestrienism

In 1895 Plennie Wingo was born in Abilene, TX. Some you you are wondering who Plennie Wingo is! I can not believe you have not heard of the man who holds the world record for reverse pedestrianism, in-fact he has held it since 1931. In-fact he holds two world records in reverse pedestriensim. The next question you may have is probably what is -reverse pedestrianism?   It is Walking Backwards.

It all started when a friend of Plennies Wingo’s Daughter challenged Plennie to do something that had never been done before. So, on April 15, 1931 Plennie began walking backwards, He left Santa Monica and walked onto a ship headed for the Orient, he continued walking while on the ship; when the ship landed he got off and continued walking backward until he got to Istanbul, Turkey. He logged over 8 thousand miles of backward walking. later that year he set his second world record for “Speed backward walking” covering the 45 miles between Boston and Providence in 12 & 1/2 hours. No one has ever broken either of these records. (I cannot imagine anyone wanting to)

On the 45th anniversary of his record setting walk, Plennie walked over 450 miles from San Francisco to Santa Monica it took him 85 days – he was 81 years old.

Have you ever felt like you where going backward? Have you ever tired walking backward? It is not something I would have on my “Bucket-list”.

Plennie Wingo rigged up a mirror on his glasses so he could see where he was going. There are alot of people and alot of Churches that are contanstly looking at the past, always looking back and allowing that to keep them from looking forward. 

Look at what Jesus said in Luke 9:62  “No one who puts his hand to the plow and looks back is fit for service in the kingdom of God.”

This does not mean that we should not value our past, it just means that we should not let our past keep us from looking forward!

Mark this down……….. If we are going to do anything for God it will be FORWARD not someplace in the past!
This past week we voted to do two things that  will enable us to say “We’ve never done it that way before” We voted to partner with two sister churches to start a Hispanic Mission Church and we voted to use our Parsonage as a ministry tool by allowing a family, who lost their home to a fire, to move into the parsonage rent free.
I am looking forward to many more God sized, God ordained, opportunities to say “we’ve never done that before.”
Don’t live your life as a backward believer……… turn your eyes upon Jesus and see what he wants you to do for His glory today and tomorrow. FBC Danville has great days ahead of us. I am so looking forward to what God is going to do in us and through us is the days, months, and years ahead.


Remembering the Past, Evaluating the Present, and Envisioning the Future,
Bro. Clayton