This is just a bit of introspective fun.
Did you ever wonder about shoes? Yeah, my quirky head has.
If you’re a woman, other than the daily decision of which pair to wear, you’ve probably thought about shoes when you need a new pair or you saw that really cute pair in a catalog or online and had to have them.
Or if you’re a man, you don’t give much thought to your shoes except when you have a hole in the sole of your shoe and you step in a puddle!
Other than that, we don’t give much thought to shoes. Unless, we don’t have any.
Shoes come in all different shapes, sizes, colors, materials, prices, and purposes. So, with that in mind, I’m going to ask you some questions. There are no right or wrong answers. It’s just for fun and to provoke some thought.
If you were a pair of shoes, what kind would you be? Pick one.
* baby shoes
* ballet shoes
* dressy spiked heels
* casual flats or loafers
* sandals or thongs
* clunky platforms
* boots, any kind
* dressy men’s shoes
Let’s apply it to your spiritual life. If you are a pair of…
…baby shoes: you are a newbie to the Christian life, taking tiny baby steps.
…ballet shoes: you are the one always dancing in praise to the Lord.
…dressy spiked heels: you are uptight, squeezing into someone else’s idea of what a Christian should be.
…casual flats or loafers: you are comfortable being a Christian.
…sandals or thongs: you are open to all “spiritual” things, accepting even those things outside the realm of the Word.
…clunky platforms: you try to elevate yourself in the eyes of others to show your spirituality, to look like them.
…boots: you are fully protected from the elements, ready to go to work or march for the Lord at a moment’s notice, wherever He may send you.
…recreational shoes: you are more sports-minded than spiritual-minded, spending more time with sports than with the Lord. Your game is on your mind while sitting in the pew on Sunday morning.
…dressy men’s shoes: you have an important role in the church and willing to serve.
Whatever type of shoes you are, pick one of each group below to describe your overall appearance or characteristic.
1) new or worn out
*new: you’ve just begun your service to the Lord.
*broken in: you are “well-heeled,” as they say, having served for a while.
*worn out: you have reached your burn-out.
2) soft-soled or hard-soled
*soft-soled: you are soft, easy-going, comfortable in speaking to unbelievers about Christ.
*hard-soled: you are rigid, stiff, uncomfortable in reaching out to others, if at all.
3) polished to perfection or dirty/muddy
*polished to perfection: you are perfect, having a holier-than-thou attitude.
*dusty/muddy: you are serving others where they are, where they hurt, even if it means getting a little physically dirty.
Here’s my answer…Sometimes, I’m a pair of casual flats, soft-soled, worn, and dirty. Sometimes, I change and am a pair of boots, soft-soled, worn, dirty, and ready for work. Sometimes, I’m a pair of broken in ballet shoes, dancing in joy to the Lord. Sometimes, I even feel like a pair of baby shoes.
But whatever I am, I want to be that pair that Jesus slips into easily, the pair sitting beside Him, ready to be walked out in service.
Now, which one are you? Which shoe personality are you? In which shoe are you most comfortable? How do you walk out your Christianity?
Maybe I’ve made you think about shoes, your life, and your spiritual life. I hope so. And just maybe, you will never think about shoes in the same way again!
May your feet always walk out the example of Christ…Lynn