Slacker Shoes

Over the years I have had lower back distress on occasion.  The usual result is that my spine gets out of alignment with my pelvis, and my range of motion is significantly limited.

This condition occurred several years ago.  The next morning as I was trying to dress for the day I found that I was able to get my socks on, but I was unable to bend down far enough to get the heel of my foot into the heal of my shoes.  I found this situation to be humorous (by the grace of God - long story).

As I considered this situation the Lord spoke to my heart and said simply, "Slacker shoes."

Again I laughed, because this is the label which I had used to describe shoes which do not have a full-height heel so that they can be slipped on or off without having to tie or untie shoelaces.  I had always assumed that people who wore 'slacker shoes' were simply too lazy to fasten or unfasten regular shoes.  Now I found that there are some conditions which require people to wear what I now call 'convenience shoes'.

Realizing that the Lord was showing me a big chunk of pride in my heart, I confessed my sin of misjudging people according to their outward appearance rather than judging by the condition of their hearts (as God does), asked for forgiveness AND the grace to never again misjudge people resulting in the use of derogatory terms ("out of the heart the mouth speaks").

I am now happy to report that I own two pairs of convenience shoes, and am also able to learn from our daughter, who always ties her shoes loosly enough to allow her to slip them on or off without the tedious task of tying or untying them!!

In conclusion I find that humility is a great virtue, but pride is a terribly task-master.  Unfortunately I have also found that pride comes natural to me (and maybe to others - if you know what I mean, dear reader), but humility only comes by correction, discipline and repentance (which is simply accepting the discipline or correction).

I also find that I have been unaware of the existence of pride in my heart until it gets revealed one way or another.  So I began to ask Jesus to reveal to me any pride in my heart and to circumcise my heart of all pride by the sword of The Spirit of God (which I only know to be available by reading the Bible).  Here are the particular verses, if you are interested, dear reader:

(LEB)  "And Yahweh your God will circumcise your heart and the heart of your offspring to love Yahweh your God with all your heart and with all your inner self so that you may live.
Heb 4:12  "For the Word of God is living, and powerfully working, and sharper than every two-edged sword, and piercing as far as the division of both soul and spirit, of both joints and marrow, and able to judge of the thoughts and intentions of the heart;
Heb 4:13  and there is no creature unrevealed before Him; but all things are naked and laid open to His eyes, with whom is our account."

I find it comforting to know that God knows my heart and is able to remove the bad and add the good to my heart so that I become more compatible with Him day by day, and am able to gladly do His will as my motives and desires are merged into His motives and desires!

Now my favorite song begins like this:

"Father of Creation, be blessed, be blessed, be blessed!  May all of Your heart's desire become manifest!!!"