Thursday, June 12, 2014

A man and his shoes ...

I need a new pair of shoes.

The only athletic shoe I buy are Nikes, just because they're the only athletic shoe that last very long for me.

As I was looking at my worn out shoes a couple days ago, it made me think of all the kinds of shoes I've worn in my life ...

 ... the athletic shoe of the active boy who grew up to be a busy man. The athletic shoe that also was part of the uniform when I've worked as a Personal Trainer, helping people in the gym become more fit and healthy ...

... the cowboy boots of the kid who was pretty good with a rope and had his days as a cowboy ...

... the polished shoe of an executive who confidently made his presentations before the company president and board members ...

... the casual shoe to preach in or conduct counseling sessions in ...

... the hiking boots to explore trails ...

... the flip flops --- my favorite --- for life in Hawaii or anytime on a beach (or just any time!) ...

... and there were others.

The shoes of a man reflect his work and activities, the various responsibilities and interests he takes up in life. All these different kinds of coverings protect our feet for the different things we do. But the Apostle Paul actually recommends a specific "shoe" for all of us to include in our daily wardrobe ...

"For shoes, put on the peace that comes from the Good News so that you will be fully prepared," Ephesians 6:15.

These shoes are just what we need to equip our feet as we take up the greatest activity we can do in this life ...

"How beautiful on the mountains are the feet of the messenger who brings good news, the good news of peace and salvation, the news that the God of Israel reigns!" Isaiah 52:7.

Of all the things we do in life, whether from responsibility or desire, the greatest is to share the Good News of Jesus Christ with those who don't know Him. Have you prepared your feet for that? Do you have the beautiful feet of those who bring the message of peace and salvation through Jesus? If not, you might need a new pair of shoes.

Scotty

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