Friday, May 21, 2010

New Shoes

I bought a new pair of tennis shoes this week and wore them to work for the first time yesterday. I really like them, they feel so good on my feet. I didn’t realize how worn out my other ones were until I felt the comfort of these. If my feet could smile, I think they would have!

What’s funny is I noticed myself being careful with my feet all day, afraid I would get them dirty. I remember doing the same thing as I was growing up. We didn’t get “new” tennis shoes often, so when I was fortunate enough to have a new pair, I remember thinking things like “I’m not gonna keep these as white as I can”, “I’m not wearing these outside”, “I don’t want them to get dirty”, “I want them to stay looking new”, “Don’t step on my feet”. I had high hopes for my new shoes and would go to extremes to keep them from getting dirty. Every time someone came within a 2 mile radius of my newly shod feet, I would look down to be sure they weren’t getting close enough to my new shoes to get a SPECK of dirt on them. I guarded them with my life! I tiptoed around rainwater trying to avoid any splashes, I wouldn’t put my feet on the desk in front of me at school, and I kept my feet straight ahead of me on the school bus, careful not to let them stick out in the aisle, lest they get stepped on. I even remember being so upset over my sister losing a pair of my tennis shoes that she borrowed for P.E. that I was mad at her for days.

What if I took my spiritual life that seriously? What if I went to extremes to keep the dirt and splashes of sin off of my life? What if I was that serious about keeping myself new, white, and clean, free from sin. What if I guarded myself from sin so fiercely, avoiding it at all costs? It’s amazing how careful we will be about keeping something as trivial as shoes free from dirt and soil, but we are so haphazard with keeping ourselves out of sin’s reach.

Psalms 34:14-15 tell us this:

“Depart from evil and do good; seek peace and pursue it. The eyes of the Lord are toward the righteous, and His ears are open to their cry.”

Holy Spirit, sharpen my ears to your voice today. May I be more sensitive to your convicting me of my sin. Help me to see my sin as just that – Sin. May I hear You speak to me throughout this day reminding me and teaching me to be holy, plant a strong desire in me to depart from evil and pursue righteousness. Lord, I pray for a heart that grieves over grieving You. The life You gave was worth much more than a new pair of tennis shoes and I pray that I would be more appreciative of your sacrifice as I go through the moments of this day. I ask You, Father, for a gate upon my lips that sin would not depart from my tongue, I pray for your compassion in my mind, that I would see others as you do. I pray for discernment about mindless activity that could lead me right into sin’s path. I have not prayed for anything that I am not capable of, for my capability comes from You. Lord I also ask You to remind me to be quick to run to you to wipe off the smudges of sin with your tender loving hand. I pray to be more like You at the ending of this day than I am at the beginning.

Amy Dotson, RPDOTK (Royal Princess Daughter Of The King)
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  1. I got new shoes Monday..first pair in years...I was amazed at the comfort when I was at the kitchen Tuesday, and today I am supposed to go to the park with Abigail and her class...I told Whitt I wanted to wear my old ones because I didnt want these to be in the muddy wet grass...this is a great analogy...I can relate very much.



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