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
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:
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
"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
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!!!"