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Thursday, May 14, 2009

It's Sandal Season

And commanded them that they should take nothing for their journey, save a staff only; no scrip, no bread, no money in their purse: But be shod with sandals; and not put on two coats. (Mark 6:8-

Take a look outside! Is the ice cream man serenading your neighborhood with his beguiling music enticing you to run and get your wallet? What about your automobile, is it blanketed in pollen or bird poop? Have you been to the store lately? Are the aisles lined with sun block and tanning lotions? If you answered yes to any of these seasonally occurrences, it could only mean one thing, it’s Sandal Season! Yes, good old Sandal Season when many a manicured toe complements any outfit. Many of us neglect our feet all year. This lack of attention may be in direct relation to our feet being positioned so far away from the rest of our body. We spend loads of cash on our feet when it’s Sandal Season but yet why we are immobile? I’m concerned the “church” has turned into a slipshod triage area keeping vital spiritual personnel from the battlefield. Nail salons make money hand over fist when we participate in Sandal Season. I pose this question why spend so much time and money on the one part of your body that remains stationary? Where are you walking? Many of us wander about aimlessly because we are walking in areas Jesus has not ordered us to go. Look at the life of Jesus and you can find the perfect example of what to do when it’s Sandal Season. You should be putting those sandals to good use in places where people are hungry and hurting. Imagine the grime and crud caked between Jesus’ toes after casting out demons, feeding thousands, and healing those afflicted with leprosy. Can you picture the crusty white build up on the soles of Jesus’ feet walking from town to town for three years with the message of hope?
Don’t you feel just a little selfish spending all that money on your toes to sit in an air conditioned church with comfortable pews on Sunday? How can we profess to be Believers without allowing our own feet to get dirty? Do you know that many of the people who need to hear the Good News are the very people we pass on our way to our respective churches? I know, I know you finally bought a home in the suburbs, you have a fancy job, you carpool, and you play golf. Now all of a sudden you can’t be bothered with “those people.” We’ve been out of the “hood” two minutes and we have the nerve to be indignant. Weren’t you the same person that told Jesus if He blessed you, you’d bless others? What are you doing then sitting down? You can’t walk anywhere if you are too busy sitting. It’s Sandal Season now go walk in all the things God has already ordained for your life.
I believe the first pedicure ever recorded was when the woman with the bad reputation washed Jesus’ feet with her tears. The woman washed Jesus’ feet so He could walk to the cross for you and me. The sandal was considered the humblest article of clothing. Are you humble enough to put your sandals on and walk outside of your comfort zone? Notice Jesus didn’t wait for a particular time of year and neither should we. The time for walking is now! Jesus’ feet got dirty because He was busy walking. We’re so vain getting pedicures just so other people can see how pretty our feet and sandals are. Spiritually speaking of course, I believe that maybe if we paid more attention to our feet, we wouldn’t continue to venture into locations detrimental to the rest of our bodies. It’s probably a good thing the feet are located away from the rest of the body. You can’t walk with your feet tucked under your arms, only with your feet planted on solid ground. Yeah it’s Sandal Season and those sandals you’re wearing were made for walking.

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