3 At one time we too were foolish, disobedient, deceived and enslaved by all kinds of passions and pleasures. We lived in malice and envy, being hated and hating one another. 4 But when the kindness and love of God our Savior appeared,5 he saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy. He saved us through the washing of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit,6 whom he poured out on us generously through Jesus Christ our Savior,7 so that, having been justified by his grace, we might become heirs having the hope of eternal life
Shoe designer Terry DeHavilland has said this about stilettos, "People say they're bad for the feet but they're good for the mind. What's more important?" Stilettos are a nightmare for the body. The actual pressure on that little tippy point is said to have more of a force than that of an elephant foot. No wonder stilettos have been used in movies as weapons! This also explains why when wearing stilettos on a hot day I often sink into the asphalt. All this time I thought it was because I was so chubby—go figure, it’s an engineering problem!
I have always prided myself on being able to wear such shoes. When I met my husband almost two years ago, I remember wearing stilettos with jeans on one of our dates. My hubby-to-be never made a comment on how pretty my shoes were. All he said was, “Don’t those hurt your feet?” After we married and I would dress up to go out, he would just wince when he saw me in my high heels. He preferred me in sneakers! He always made the comment that they just looked like they would hurt.
When I turned forty I came to the conclusion I don’t have the energy for high heel shoes! You know, the only person that has mourned this transition has been me? I was the one who loved my shoes. I was the one who loved what they did to my look. But the man who loves me more than anything never saw my shoes. He didn’t care. And my Father in Heaven certainly didn’t give a flying flip or he would have made my body to wear them like a new skin!
Why did I like them? It’s what they did for my mind not my body. Those shoes were interesting, fun, pretty, stylish, and an eye catcher. Being a chubby 200ish (sometimes more ish than others), my shoes were the one thing I could buy at a regular store as opposed to the “pretty plus” section. Maybe in my mind they were everything I didn’t think I was.
- You been there? The Samaritan woman searched to find herself in men. She found herself in Jesus.
- What have you been doing to find yourself? Is it working?
- Read Titus 3:3-7—have you been deceived into playing games with your life? Have your passions lead you to or from the cross?