Men are like shoes, made to confuse

21 Feb

Gotta love some Shania Twain, she reminds me of a my stepdads coworker a long time ago. tangent sorry.

Today’s post has to do with shoes. See He-wood and I love shoes and believe it or not so do the Wee-Woods. It’s genetic. I once longed to do a Bible study with other ministers wives about shoes and what ministry shoes they were currently wearing. I’d still love to do it but Lifeway didn’t have it the other day and google isn’t helping me find the name. I read a book recently about pastors wives called “you can still wear cute shoes” so there is a theme going on, but that is neither here nor there.

I want to ask what kind of ministry shoes are you wearing?

Are you wearing some sandals, you know the kind that are ridiculously comfortable, easy to slip on and well that’s about it. You maybe just put them on and walk out….like you go to church on Sunday but that’s the only time you read the Word.

Are you wearing sneakers? Great for hard work. End of fall beginning of winter I would’ve said I was about to seriously trade my shoes for sneakers beginning to church plant. But I’ll get to my current ones later. Maybe these sneakers are so worn they don’t look recognizable anymore. Are they worn to the bone from a season of trials. Or are they worn but when looked upon they bring rejoicing that much hardwork has produced fruit? Either is fine…and we’v all got different pairs of shoes for different times in life. Think back to when you first became a christian…did you wear sneakers-great for running into His Word and doing His work?

Maybe you are wearing TOMS. I’ve got a pair so I’m not hating. I love that you buy a pair and they donate a pair to someone in another part of the world who needs shoes, but do they represent that you think your “good works” bring favor in the eyes of God? Do they represent that you spend $ on His kingdom but haven’t put on real working shoes to do his work. I recently learned TOMS are very bad for snow and ice…and while they are comfy you wouldn’t do a 5K in them…trust me.

What about boots? Like hiking boots…you keep trying and trying to do something, or you feel that the mountain in front is very difficult. You might need a great set of boots to tackle that latest ministry project. Maybe you are building a church, physically or metaphorically and you need protection for your feet (aka spiritual heart if I haven’t totally made that connection), you need a good sole to stand on (a firm foundation), and great support (family, friends, ministry partners).

Maybe you are wearing a pair of heels…or men some tux shoes. You know, ridiculously uncomfy but for the price of fashion they look great. Meaning you look like a Christian, have the Sunday School answers but lack the relationship with Jesus. Oh yeah and the uncomfy part is because inside you still feel uneasy with this whole thing. Or maybe they are comfy and make you feel confident like finding peace and joy in Jesus…rock ’em! Those I usually have to pay and arm and a leg for…like sacrificing time in his Word.

Maybe you are barefoot…like Exodus chapter 3 where God tells Moses to take off his shoes because he’s on holy ground…are you barefoot because you are honoring the holy God through your life. Did something God-sized happen recently to cause you to remove your shoes? Maybe removing your shoes for you has heightened your sense of awareness of things around you…like when you go to the beach and feel the sand between your toes and the waves crash on your feet, if you had sneakers you would miss those details and frankly, if you had on heels or something you’d totally have trouble walking around. Each part of our journey has it’s own set of shoes.

Honestly, right now I’ve probably go on a pair pretty flats, maybe ballet flats or something. They need to look nice because I want to portray Jesus to those around me well and being transparent I sometimes feel pressured to look nice. Not in the fashion sense but the heart sense. I remember back to the time of our miscarriage when He-wood and I lead worship every Sunday together it was hard to smile right after that happened, but worshipping in front of 500 people I knew I needed my game face on, which is another post for another day. My current shoes are also great for functionality. I mean seriously keeping up with the Wee-woods, breakdown of the stage, Women’s Bible Study, Life Group, supporting my husband, in addition to preparing for adoption and working, I’ve gotta be comfortable and practical.

So honestly, transparently, what are your ministry shoes? Think about it. Maybe you are one I described and it resonates with you. Maybe you have a different analogy- I’m not always right, but we are all wearing ministry shoes what’s yours.

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