Daily Walk with the Holy Spirit

Friday, March 20, 2009

Worn out shoes...

"And He spake a parable unto certain which trusted in themselves that they were righteous, and despised other:" Luke 18:9

Have you ever went to church to let others know how good you've been.

When you go to church, or get around others do you brag about what you have done for someone else?

When we become self righteous, this is dangerous, and can lead you further down the wrong road.

Self righteousness leads to pride and will eventually having others despise you.

Self righteousness will also prevent you from learning or hearing anything from God.

I showered and shaved, adjusted my tie.

I got to church sat down, in the seat next to mine, bowing his head in prayer, I saw the shoes of the man next to me.

Touching my own,

I sighed.

With plenty of room on either side. I thought, Why must our soles touch?

It bothered me, his shoe touching mine, it didn't bother him much.

A prayer began..I thought, this man with the shoes has no pride.

They're dusty, worn, and scratched, even worse, there are holes on the side!

Thank You for blessings, the prayer went on.

The shoe man said a quiet "Amen."

I tried to focus on the prayer....... My thoughts were wandering on his shoes again.

Aren't we supposed to look our best when walking through that door?

Well, this certainly isn't it, I thought, staring toward the floor.

Then the prayer ended praise and worship began.

The shoe man was certainly loud.

Sounding proud as he sang, his voice lifted the rafters, his hands were raised high.

The Lord could surely hear the shoe man's voice from the sky.

It was time for the offering, I gave mine faithfully, I watched as the shoe man reached into his pockets so deep.

I saw what was pulled, what the shoe man put in.

Then I heard a soft clink, as when silver hits tin.

My mind was not on the sermon, it was on the shoe man.

For the shoe man, only real tears fell from his eyes.

At the end of service I greeted this new visitor.

I felt moved somehow and wanted to meet the shoe man.

So after the closing prayer, I reached over and shook his hand.

He was old and his skin was dark, his hair was truly a mess.

I thanked him for coming, for being our guest.

He said, My name is Charlie, glad to meet you, my friend.

There were tears in his eyes, he had a large, wide grin.

Let me explain, he said.... Wiping tears from his eyes, I've been coming here for months; and you're the first to say Hi.

I know that my appearance, is not like all the rest, but I really do try to always look my best.

I always clean and polish my shoes before my very long walk, by the time I get here they're dirty and dusty, like chalk.

My heart filled with pain, I swallowed to hide my tears, he continued to apologize, for daring to sit so near.

He said, when I get here, I know I must look a sight.

I thought if I could touch you, then maybe our souls might unite, I was silent for a moment.

Knowing whatever was said would pale in comparison, I spoke from my heart, not my head.

Oh, you've touched me, I said and taught me, in part...That the best of any man..is what is found in his heart.

Only if he knew just how thankful I really am that his dirty old shoe touched my soul...

Remember, everyone needs a friend.

Someday you might feel like you have no friends at all.

Just remember and take comfort in knowing that someone out there cares about you and always will.

You will never know who's life you will touch.

You never know who is watching your life to see how you react.

Don't let pride in your achievements cut you off from God!

"Then He said unto them, Ye are they, which justify yourselves before men: but God knoweth your hearts: for that which is highly esteemed among men, is abomination in the sight of God." Luke 16:15 Geneva Bible of 1599

Don't be fooled for your sins are not hidden from God!

1 Comments:

  • At 9:09 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    let me be righteous by the blood of Jesus

     

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