About Us: The Learn How To Walk Story

What Is Learn How To Walk?

“ Learn How To Walk is a website dedicated to helping college students overcome brokeness from a Christ centered perspective, resurrecting His kingdom one story at a time.”

– Leland Henry, Founder

Our Goals:

  1. Glorify God with all content/postings/outreach (Romans 16:45)
  2. To love the lost with humility, speech, good works. ( Philippians 2:3, Proverbs 12:25, 1 Corinthians 10:31)
  3. Provide resources that are safe and reliable for students struggling with brokenness. (Ephesians 3:16)

 

The Learn How To Walk Story:

Time is such a precious thing that we possess nowadays, it’s mixed with both a cornucopia of opportunities and a variety of experiences. It’s vital that we spend time wisely because one day before we can fathom, it runs out.

I’ve never been much of a writer and never really wanted to be. In school, I typed up what I needed in order to get by and I was notorious for my grammatical errors, and comma decorations. I always liked listening more than I liked talking, it’s more comfortable that way. Talking required me to express myself, my opinions, and my feelings while listening required me to do really nothing but pay attention.

In all honesty, I’ve never been the best listener but oddly enough, listening is one of my favorite things to do. You get to hear about what the world is like from another perspective . You get to experience feelings that were once occupied by another heart, and if you’re lucky you get to relive a story that someone else had already lived.

God has been good to me. He has let me listen to thousands of stories from thousands of faces that echo remains of old memories, and instances that once took place here on earth. Yet there are certain stories that make you feel a certain way, and this particular story made me start a website.

My Dad was quite simply “The man” growing up. He was basically the king of telling stories. He was a fisherman in a sea of ears and had this genuine ability to capture everyone’s attention in a room. He’s an independent guy and is not necessarily considered a “social butterfly” but once you get him to open up to you, you’re always left inspired. My father told my brother and I many stories growing up, but the best story he’s ever told was in the form of a song. The song was called “Learn How To Walk” it’s a melodious letter saturated with fatherly advice and heartwarming feelings. In other words, you can’t listen to the song and not get “The feels.” This song has always inspired me to be more than just the typical average joe who’s working a 9-5 job, that he/she probably hates yet they probably make 100k a year so there is no point in leaving it. This song inspired me to want to be something more. It made me want to serve.

I went into my senior year of high school confused. Like any typical kid at that point, I continued asking myself the daunting question that we all struggle with “What is my purpose here on earth? “Maybe it’s working in youth ministry, maybe it’s working in a recording studio, maybe it’s being a taxi driver.” The point was I didn’t know. I let it get to me for a while, and it didn’t hit me smack in the face until my second week of college.

“How do I get rid of my anxiety?” He said.  A kid from my residence hall belted out the question with tears cresting in his eyes. I sat there silent and statue-like, not knowing exactly what to say. It’s a real humbling experience for a man to see someone take off the mask that guards their heart. He sat there dismayed, his personality was like sand crumbling next to the shoreline of an ocean. He was so distraught, and confused and was desperate to find an answer.

I’m not a psychologist, but one thing my parents managed to teach me how to do was how to be a friend to someone in need. I sat there quietly and listened to his pain. As he went on, it dawned on me how many people I’ve heard ask the same question. “How?” “How do I do this? How do I do that?” “What’s my purpose?” I lied awake in my bed for a few hours that night, praying for these people. As I turned to my bedside table to turn off my lamp, I glanced over at the white glassed framed paper that hung on my wall. It was marked with ink, scratches, and fingerprints. The old wrinkled page contained the original lyrics of “Learn How To Walk” written out by my father. It was a gift he gave to me the night before my 18th birthday. I started thinking about how if only these people going through hardships could meet other people who dealt with the exact same things, they could see how real hope is. That’s when I started getting the idea to interview people, and asking them questions.

So here I am now writing this letter on the “Learn How To Walk” website.  If you’re reading this I want you to know that hope is real. YES, IT IS REAL! These interviews are with people who have gone through the storm and back again. People who needed help at one point and got help. People who took their lives back and live one day at a time. Most importantly, these are people who have experienced real, true, authentic, and genuine hope, and so can you.

You have a destiny, you have a purpose, and there is a plan for your life! You were created with specific qualities, traits, and gifts that make you the person you are. On top of all of this, you are so loved. This site was not designed for me, but it was designed for you. I wanted to create this in hope that you might find hope and light inside of your darkness. It took me 19 years to realize that I have a destiny. God created me not to flaunt myself, but He created me to serve. To be the hands and feet of His Son serving my community, serving my friends, serving my peers, and serving the society we live in.

The greatest art is the art that inspires you to create. That’s why the artist and the creative mind are so important in today’s world. That’s what an artist like my dad did to me, he inspired me. Not only to serve but to grab the problem that stood in front of me by the horns and manifest it into something that brings the world hope in a form they haven’t seen before.

Listen to others

Love them

And then repeat the process

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Learn How To Walk 

By: Bob Henry

Keep your guard and don’t give to blame
People may hurt you and they rest where they may
Don’t be fooled and lies lead to hating
Remember who you are at the end of the day

Sometimes the day may fall in your favor
Other times you won’t get that lucky at all
These moments will pass
And things will get better
When you learn how to walk
You might have to fall

Dream all you want to
But stick to your plans
One day, the world may crumble down around you
Reach down inside
start with your hands
You’ll come back stronger
With hope in your view

Sometimes the day may fall in your favor
Other times you won’t get that lucky at all
These moments will pass
And things will get better
When you learn how to walk
You might have to fall

Remember who you are, when crowds stand before you
Weakness and greatness,  you treat them the same
give all your best to the things that you do
Honor your promises and do what you say

Sometimes the day may fall in your favor
Other times you won’t get that lucky at all
These moments will pass
And things will get better
When you learn how to walk
You might have to fall

When you learn how to walk
You might have to fall

…Learn how to walk


You might have to fall

When you learn how to walk
You might have to fall

– LCH